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SCE&G to Test Lake Murray Dam Inundation Sirens

CAYCE, S.C. (Feb. 8, 2016) – SCE&G will conduct an annual test of its Lake Murray Dam inundation sirens on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at noon. The sirens will sound for approximately three minutes.

In the unlikely event of a failure of the Lake Murray Dam, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division would notify area residents to evacuate through news media channels and with the help of local officials and law enforcement. In such an event, the Lake Murray Dam inundation sirens would also serve as an indication of an evacuation notice.

The Lake Murray Dam inundation siren system includes 10 rotating sirens located in parts of both Richland and Lexington Counties. For a map of the Lake Murray Dam inundation zone, visit

In addition to this annual test, SCE&G conducts a monthly, one-minute test of the inundation sirens. These tests are a part of SCE&G’s operation of the Lake Murray Dam under licensure of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“We continually maintain and monitor the condition of the Lake Murray Dam,” said Jim Landreth, vice president of Fossil Hydro operations for SCE&G. “While we are confident in the safety and integrity of our infrastructure on and around Lake Murray, we want to take every precaution to ensure the safety of the public.”

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About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 697,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 343,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.