FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Smith Mountain Lake is expected to exceed its full pond elevation by three feet because of heavy rainfall, according to Appalachian Power.
Normal full pond level at Smith Mountain Lake is 795 feet.
Predictions from the National Weather Service show the reservoir reaching an elevation of 798 feet by Friday morning, which is three feet above full pond.
Appalachian Power, the operator of the Smith Mountain Project hydroelectric facility, said allowing the reservoir to exceed full pond will assist in preventing additional flooding downstream.
“That’s the main thing we want to look at. If we don’t, if we were to continue to allow water to release into the reservoir downstream, it can be additional flooding for those localities downstream. So, allowing water to be stored to go over that full pond prevents flooding downstream,” said Appalachian Power spokesperson George Porter.
The higher pond level is typically one foot above the height of a stationary dock. Property owners are encouraged to remove unsecured items from the lower levels of their docks and relocate any items along the shoreline.
Property owners should also secure floating docks and take caution when walking on docks.
10 News has received several reports from viewers of boats floating away from docks already and conservation police said it’s gotten plenty of calls about this as well.