AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Aiken County officials are monitoring the dam at Langley Pond in Aiken County after a small leak was detected Monday, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
County engineers noticed Wednesday that the leak was getting worse. They started lowering the water level in the pond Wednesday evening. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will work with the county to see what repairs need to be made.
Officials are asking residents to stay away from the dam and water trail. They will continue to monitor the situation, and Code Red alerts will be used if the situation deteriorates and further notifications need to be made. Aiken County residents can sign up for Code Red alerts here.
Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt said residents below the dam need to start packing in case they have to evacuate.
Langley Pond is located near Gloverville and Burnettown between Jefferson Davis Highway and Augusta Road.
The draining of Langley Pond will affect the Savannah River as well, said Dee Griffin with the Augusta Fire Department. The river will experience an increase in flow on a portion of the river that passes below Sand Bar Ferry Road in Augusta. The water in that area will become darker.
The affected area is well below the intact point for the city's drinking water, Griffin said, so drinking water will not be affected by changes to the river.