|River Hot Line
Good morning, this is the Lower Susquehanna River update for Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 11 AM. The 24 hour precipitation was .31 ”. The water temperature is 33.0 degrees and the condition is clear. The river flow into Safe Harbor is 10,000 cfs. Average flow estimates into Safe Harbor for the next 3 days are 10,000 -10,000- and 10,000 c.f.s. Safe Harbor is scheduled to generate until 9 PM Wednesday and again at 6 AM Thursday. There is no spill through floodgates scheduled. There is a buoy line 1500’ above the dam. Boaters must stay outside the buoy line. Lake Clarke will be maintained between top level of 228.0’ and 3’ below top level on Wednesday and Thursday. There is ice cover on the river from Safe Harbor up to at least Harrisburg. Some ice is 9” thick. Any time ice is on the river there is potential for backwater and flooding. Pay close attention to elevations if you have interests along the river. Below Safe Harbor the tailrace elevation does vary several feet in a very short time during normal operating conditions. Pay close attention to water levels below the dam. There is a buoy line in the tailrace. Boaters must stay down stream of the line. The Safe Harbor tailrace areas are open to the public from dawn to 4:30 PM.
Holtwood’s Lake Aldred elevation is scheduled to be regulated between 169.2’ and 167.1’. There is no spill scheduled at Holtwood Dam. Spill begins at elevation 169.75’. Remember, spill can occur at any time that was not scheduled. There is no buoy line above Holtwood Dam. Boaters are urged to turn around at the warning sign on the river tower one mile above the dam. Stay off the rocks at all times below Holtwood Dam. When they go into spill you will become trapped by rapidly rising water. Holtwood portage users must stay near the east shore and use extreme caution. There is a portage phone at the ramp. The Holtwood tailrace fishing areas are open to the public. The Pequea and York Furnace boat ramps are open. This information is always subject to change. Thank you for checking this update. And as always, have a fine day.
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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