- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Power company officials are releasing water from a swollen Columbia-area dam, saying downstream residents still rebuilding from historic October flooding should not worry.

Local media outlets report South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. officials at 4 a.m. Thursday opened one spill gate from the Lake Murray Dam.

Spokeswoman Ginny Jones says SCE&G; notified emergency officials it will release up to an additional 18,000 cubic feet per second into the lower Saluda River. Officials say residents shouldn’t panic and that they are only making way for more expected rain and inflow.

Several spill gates were opened during October flooding, the first time such action had been taken since 1969.

Transportation officials say more than two dozen roads in 12 counties were closed Wednesday due to flooding or rain damage.

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