George Galleher, consulting engineer for hydrofleet operations with Duke Energy, spoke Oct. 25 to the Lake Wylie Rotary Club about flood, drought and lake level management on the Catawba River.
“We manage 11 lakes, not single lakes,” he said. He talked about the current drought impact on the river basin, and explained several weather media are used – including in-house, commercial and public forecasts.
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“Currently, the forecast is low levels of precipitation through January 2012,” he said. “It needs to rain to let us recover.”
Parts of North Carolina, including Mecklenburg and Gaston counties, according to the North Carolina Drought Advisory update Oct. 25, are abnormally dry.
All of South Carolina is in moderate drought, according to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and South Carolina Drought Response Committee, which will meet again Nov. 8 in Columbia.
On Oct. 31, Lake Wylie’s lake levels sit almost 1.4 feet below the target level. Two of four ramps at Allison Creek Access Area remain closed due to low water levels.