COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 21, 2006 – South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. will conduct a one-minute functional test of the inundation siren warning system for the Saluda Hydroelectric Plant at noon on Aug. 22 as part of the Lake Murray Dam emergency action plan. This test is usually conducted on the second Tuesday of each month, but was rescheduled for Aug. 22 due to maintenance work on the sirens. These sirens were installed during the construction of the backup dam as a precaution in the event of an emergency.
In the unlikely event of a potential failure of both the Lake Murray Dam and the backup dam, the sirens would sound for three minutes. During an actual emergency, the public should tune to an Emergency Alert System television or radio station for further information.
These sirens are separate from those used to warn people on the river of impending rising water due to the operation of the Saluda Hydroelectric Plant.