Heavy rains may push Smith Mountain Lake levels above full pond

ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 29, 2015 – Because of the rapid rise of inflow due to heavy rains, Smith Mountain Project is expected to rise above its full-pond elevation.

As of 6:00 p.m. today, the inflow to the Smith Mountain Project was 39,457 cubic feet per second (cfs); discharge from the Leesville Dam into the Staunton (Roanoke) River was 10,813 cfs. Appalachian Power is running two generating units and has opened a spill gate at Leesville.

The adjusted reservoir elevation was 795.24 feet. Full pond for Smith Mountain Lake is 795.00.

Appalachian expects the level at Smith Mountain will rises above the full pond but does not know how high or when that will be until the Roanoke River crests.

Lakeside property owners and marinas should take proper precautions to secure boats, docks and other property from rising water.

Residents and area business are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and the company’s website http://www.aep.com/environment/conservation/hydro/