High water on the Congaree River overflows into cofferdam

The Congaree River at Columbia crested at just over 12 feet (several feet below official flood stage) Saturday, according to the Congaree Riverkeeper. ( Link to Congaree Riverkeeper ) The photo is from the Congaree Riverkeeper.

The high water on the river resulted in the the closing of portions of Riverwalk in West Columbia and Cayce. The City of Cayce reported that water was being released into the river from the opening of the Lake Murray Dam. All of Riverwalk is now open.

The water level was high enough that it overflowed into the cofferdam on the east side of the river at the Gervais Street Bridge. Congaree Riverkeeper posted the photo of the cofferdam overflow.

The overflow into the cofferdam will likely happen a few more times this winter, according to the Congaree Riverkeeper. There is a valve on the back of the dam to drain the cofferdam.

In June

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