Oct. 17, 2005, Columbia, SC - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G) will lower Lake Murray beginning January 2006 to conduct maintenance work on the upstream portion of the dam. The work will involve repairs to a 400-yard section of "rip rap" that helps protect the dam from erosion due to the lake's natural as well as boat-driven wave action.
In order to perform the work, SCE&G will lower the lake to approximately the 348-foot level. The goal is to bring the lake down approximately four inches each day beginning Jan. 1, weather permitting. It should take approximately two weeks to bring the lake level down, six weeks to perform the work, and two weeks to raise the lake level to approximately the 354-foot level, weather permitting. The goal will then be to achieve the normal high pool level of 358 feet by the summer recreation season.
Traffic will be rerouted to the two new lanes that cross the dam during this construction period and while the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) conducts the Highway 6 widening effort on top of the old dam. The last major rip rap repair to the dam was done in 1988.
SCE&G urges the public to exercise great caution while driving through the area during this period of construction activity.
SCE&G is a subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Columbia, SC. SCANA is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's Web site at www.scana.com.