Hurricane Irma could affect Lake Thurmond's lake levels - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Hurricane Irma could affect Lake Thurmond's lake levels

LAKE THURMOND (WFXG) -

As Hurricane Irma continues to make her way throughout the southeast, park rangers and officials are keeping an eye on the lake levels. But Operations Project Manager, Scott Hyatt, says the team has a pretty solid plan in place to keep the lake from flooding and seeping into the yards of those nearby. “We’ve got plenty of storage capacity in the dam. We’ve got no concerns that there will be forced flooding from the event. Right now, the lake is down 7 feet from full summer pool and then above the full summer pool, we have 5 feet of flood storage. So, there’s 12 feet of storage available in the lake so we could easily accommodate the rain that’s coming and a good bit more after that," says Hyatt.

Hyatt says that evacuees have already begun filtering into lake Thurmond’s camp grounds. But lake officials won’t know until Sunday whether or not this location will be safe enough for them to remain here. “We’re needing to keep an eye on the winds and things as the track shifts to make sure that those people are going to be safe in the campgrounds and if there’s a safer place to direct them to, then we can do that. That’ my biggest concern right now," says Hyatt.

Overall, Hyatt sees this possible heavy rainfall has a good opportunity for the lake to level out. “From strictly a rainfall standpoint, this should be a great event for us. We had a significant drought a year before. We’re still 6 inches behind on rain for the past year so there’s a good chance that this rain event will probably catch us up and get us to average rainfall for the last year," says Hyatt.

Lake Thurmond Visitor’s Center will keep watch for threatening rainfall coming in on Stevens creek and areas below the dam before stopping all operations at the lake. Lake staff urge visitors who will be out on the lake before and after the storm to be cautious of the high winds.

Copyright 2017 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

    The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:44:47 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:29:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>
  • Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:29:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>
  • Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-04-21 13:14:09 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:27:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's person...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's person...

    President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly