Santee River on the rise as more water enters Lowcountry

VIDEO: Santee River on the rise as more water enters Lowcountry
Source: WCSC
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County officials released a statement Wednesday asking those who live near the Santee and Edisto Rivers to be aware of the rising levels.

Those areas include but are not limited to Germantown, Parkers Ferry Road, and the Adams Run area.

Officials say the water levels are expected to crest sometime in the next few days.

Levels are high on the North Santee River near the Charleston and Georgetown County line.

While water has receded, judging from watermarks on support structures for bridges, the Santee River is expected to rise again as water travels out of the midlands into Lake Marion.

That's where the Santee Dam comes in.

Wednesday Santee Cooper officials increased its controlled spill to 82,000 cubic feet of water per second. That equals out to about 615,000 gallons of water a second.

That's like dumping an Olympic sized pool into the river per second.

It's a way for them to try and maintain safe levels in their lakes, and on the Santee River.

"What kills us is the river," said Bill Hendriks, who lives along the North Santee River. "The Santee Cooper turns the water loose, and it will be here in three to four days."

Hendriks has lived in the area for over two decades.

His home wasn't affected by the rainfall this weekend, because he lives on higher ground.

What has happened in the area, is flooding on the roads.

"The roads are what enable the water to come in," Hendriks said.

For now residents will continue to monitor the rise of the river, and follow the counties instructions.

Since Sunday the Santee Dam has been gradually increasing the spill.

Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler says the largest amount spilled was in 2003 at 83,000 cubic feet per second.

It's currently spilling at 82,000 cubic feet per second, so they are close to breaking the record amount spilled.

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