River Hot Line

.Good Morning, this is the Lower Susquehanna River Hotline; this report was updated on Sunday September 21st, 2014 @ 9:00am. The estimated average river flow into Safe Harbor today is 6,000 cfs. The estimated average flow for Monday is 6,000 and for Tuesday it is 6,000 cfs. There was No rain recorded at safe harbor from 8am yesterday to 8am today. The condition of the water is cloudy and 70 degrees Safe Harbor has installed buoy lines upstream and downstream of the dam. For your own safety please do not go beyond any of the buoy lines. Safe Harbor is scheduled to generate from 9:00am until 11:00pm today and 6:00am until 11:00 pm tomorrow. Safe Harbors Lake Clarke elevation will be held between a top level 227.2 feet and two feet below the top level for today and tomorrow. Safe Harbor’s Lake Clarke elevation at the time of this recording was a 226.7 feet above sea level. Holtwood’s Lake Aldred elevation at the time of the recording was a 167.5 feet above sea level. Spill for Holtwood starts at elevation 169.75 feet. Holtwood could go into spill at any time due to certain operating contingencies. Please be aware of these dangerous conditions around Holtwood, DO NOT climb out on to the Rocks in front of the dam, as water elevations and water spilling over the dam can change quickly, leaving you trapped. Please stay clear of both sides of the Holtwood dam. The Holtwood fishing area is closed to the public for the duration of the powerhouse expansion The York Furnace and Pequea boat ramps are both open. Boaters should read all signs and information that alert you 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, which is within one mile of the Dam. Holtwoods management recommends that boaters avoid the area downstream of the warning sign located in the river on the tower. The warning sign is located 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 cell phone to contact the Holtwood control Room. The phone number for the Holtwood Control Room is posted at the portage Ramp. Please be aware at all times, of your current surroundings; stay clear of both sides of the Safe Harbor and Holtwood Dams. Also, remember that generation schedules as well as lake elevations are subject to change at anytime, with out notice. This Hotline is updated daily. Thank you for calling and have a Safe day. 6am Safe Harbor F-Bay = 226.5 9/20/14

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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