Smith Mountain Lake’s reservoir expected to exceed maximum capacity amidst consistent rain patterns


Copyright: Associated Press

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. — Appalachian Power, operator of the Smith Mountain Project hydroelectric facility, warned shoreline homeowners about flooding of the Smith Mountain Reservoir, due to heavy rainfall in the area.

Smith Mountain Lake, the project’s upper reservoir, is currently nearing its full pond level of 795 feet, while Leesville Lake is 613 feet below projected water level, Appalachian Power says.

Since the National Weather Service predicts continued rainfall within the southwest region of Virginia throughout the upcoming days, Smith Mountain Reservoir is expected to exceed full pond capacity by early Thursday morning, May 21. The lake could reach as high as 797 feet, which is two feet above full pond level.

Shoreline owners are urged to be attentive to local weather updates to ensure the safety of their property. An increase in lake water levels can lead to many potential dangers, such as unstable water craft and docks.

The Smith Mountain Project is a 636-megawatt pumped storage hydroelectric facility on the Roanoke River that utilizes both an upper and lower reservoir and includes approximately 600 miles of shoreline.

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