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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 8:20am

High Water Prompt Warnings On Savannah River

The U.S. Coast Guard is alerting mariners in the Savannah area to expect significantly higher and faster-moving water on the Savannah River.

Coast Guard officials say the conditions are expected to begin around Thursday and will likely peak with a 10-foot high tide late Monday.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer said continuing rains in the upper Savannah River basin have prompted the situation. He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week began releasing water from flood storage reservoirs at Hartwell, Richard Russell and J. Strom Thurmond lakes.

He said that when water is released from the reservoirs, it typically takes about a week for people to feel the effects downstream in Savannah.