Officials open Hartwell Dam after lake reaches flood stage

Officials open Hartwell Dam after lake reaches flood stage

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Photo submitted by FOX 5 viewer Meridy Wright. Photo submitted by FOX 5 viewer Meridy Wright.

Officials opened the spillway gates at Hartwell Dam on Tuesday after Lake Hartwell reached flood stage.

At around 665 feet, Lake Hartwell was about 5 feet above full pool.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the dam to prevent lake levels from rising even higher.

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