River Hot Line

This is the Lower Susquehanna River Hotline. This report was updated on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 9:00 AM. The estimated average river flow into Safe Harbor today is 26,500 cfs. Flows for October 22nd are estimated to be around 21,700 and for October 23rd, 18,000. There was .04 inches of precipitation recorded at Safe Harbor from 8am yesterday to 8am today. The condition of the water is clear to cloudy and 62 degrees. The Pequea and York furnace boat ramps are open. The Safe Harbor Stoplog bridge is open. Safe Harbor is scheduled to generate until midnight tonight. Starting up again around 6AM Wednesday morning. Safe Harbor has buoys 1500 feet up stream of the dam. For your own safety, please do not go beyond the buoy line. Safe Harborís Lake Clarke elevation is scheduled to be held between top level, elevation 227.2 feet, and two feet below top level today and tomorrow. Safe Harborís elevation at the time of this recording was 225.7 feet. Safe Harborís tailrace elevation may vary several feet in a matter of minutes during normal operating conditions. Be aware, and pay close attention to changing water levels. Holtwoodís Lake Aldred elevation at the time of this recording was 171.6 feet. Holtwood is currently spilling over their dam. Holtwood could go into spill at any time due to certain operating contingencies. Holtwood starts to spill at elevation 169.75 feet. Please stay off of the rocks below the Holtwood dam as you could easily find yourself trapped by rising water levels and swift currents. The Holtwood fishing area is closed to the public for the duration of the powerhouse expansion. Boaters should read all signs and information that alert boaters about safety issues upstream and downstream of the Holtwood dam and portage access area. Boaters are urged to use caution and avoid boating in the lower end of Lake Aldred that is within one mile of the Holtwood dam. Holtwood has installed Marker buoys 1000 feet upstream of the Holtwood Dam. For your own safety, please do not go beyond these buoys. Holtwood management recommends that boaters avoid the area downstream of the warning sign located on the tower, which is located in the river. The warning sign and tower is about one mile upstream of the Holtwood dam. Portage access users must keep to the eastern shore and use caution. The portage telephone at the Holtwood portage ramp is currently disconnected. You will need to use your phone to contact the Holtwood Control Room. The phone number for the Holtwood Control Room is posted at the portage ramp. Again, be aware. For your own safety, stay clear of both sides of both dams. Please keep in mind that generating schedules as well as lake elevations are always subject to change without notice. This hotline is updated daily. Thank you for calling the hotline and have a safe day. 6 a.m. f-bay =226.46 10/21/2014

General Conditions
Remember, generating schedules and lake elevations are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions. Maintain a safe distance above and below both the Safe Harbor dam and the Holtwood dam. Rising water levels and swift currents pose serious safety hazards. People along the rocks below Safe Harbor must be aware of constantly changing water levels. The Safe Harbor tailrace elevations vary greatly, water levels change several feet in a very short time. Boaters and fisherman, please stay alert to all warning sirens and changing water levels. Heed the spill sirens, a long continuous siren, and leave the area immediately. Spill could occur at any time with little or no notice. Lake Clarke boaters...buoys have been placed 1500' upriver of the Safe Harbor dam, these buoys mark restricted water....Boats must stay outside the buoy line. The Washington Boro area is reported to be "shallower" as the result of silting. Watercraft users are urged to use extreme caution in this area. For your safety, please stay away from both the Safe Harbor Dam and the Holtwood Dam. Boaters should stay well upstream of the Holtwood Dam. PPL recommends that boats turn around at the Pinnacle Narrows, about one mile above the dam. This is the location of the large dam warning signs on either side, and middle of the river. It is extremely dangerous to get near either side of the Holtwood dam. For your own safety do not attempt to go out on the rocks below the Holtwood dam. Changing water levels and swift currents have trapped people on these rocks. Be aware and stay well clear of both sides of the Holtwood dam. For more information, call the Lower Susquehanna River Hotline...1-800-692-6328.

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