SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. – Recent heavy rains have led Smith Mountain Lake to go above full pond, which is 795′. This is something that was warned of by the Smith Mountain Project Facebook page.
According to AEP, they will be “surcharging Smith Mountain forebay up to 2 ft. (797.0′).” Forebay is another way of saying water storage for the lake, so they will be allowing the lake to get up to 797′.
At this point, some boats or Sea Doo’s could begin to see impacts.
A dam overflow is not expected. As of Tuesday morning, the lake was rising at a rate of 0.01 feet per hour. However, as shown in the post above by the Smith Mountain Project, an increase of inches can still have impacts.
We’ll keep you updated if we learn more. In the meantime, you can track lake levels here too.