SML expected to rise one foot above full pond due to recent rainfall

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Appalachian Power, the operator of the Smith Mountain Project hydroelectric facility, is letting property owners and visitors that the Smith Mountain Reservoir is expected to exceed full pond level by one foot on Thursday morning.

Normal pond level at the lake is 795 feet.

The lower reservoir, Leesville Lake, has a full pond level of 613 feet.

Based on river predictions from the National Weather Service, Smith Mountain reservoir will reach a level of 796 feet, which is one foot above full pond.

Allowing the reservoir to exceed full pond level will help in preventing additional downstream flooding.

Shoreline property owners are being urged to be attentive to reports locally and by the National Weather Service to make sure lake property is secure.

Even just a few inches of water rise around docks could make them unsafe, cause unsecured watercraft, and floating docks to float away into navigation channels and wash loose items from the shore.

Those with unsecured items should relocate those items to a safe area.

View current lake levels as well as inflow/discharge information can be found here.

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