January 1, 2016 I went to Clarks Hill/Thurmond Dam to see all the flood gates open on the dam for the first time since 1998 (last major El Nino) and about 6th time since dam was built in 1950. Normally water just flows thru turbines below the dam and is used to produce electricity. This day you were sprayed like when I have been to Niagara Falls.
In 1998 I got there a day or two late and some gates were closed. There is a picture on the pictures page of my website.
This time I got the experience of seeing all the water which was flooding the Savannah river below the dam. Above the dam the lake was about three feet above full stage and water was in beach and picnic areas.
There was a bunch of people who went to see this and park rangers were directing traffic on the South Carolina side. I went to Georgia side first and then to South Carolina side. The road goes over the dam.
My pictures are at https://dwightwatt.shutterfly.com/30329
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