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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 12:25pm

Reservoir Levels Rising

Several reservoirs are seeing an increase in lake levels following torrential rains in north Georgia and metro Atlanta this week.

The rising lake levels mean a bit of good news, a boost in the area's water supply following a recent drought.

Lake Lanier, a major source of water for metro Atlanta, has risen about three feet since Saturday evening. Before this week's rain, dry weather had kept lake levels lower than full summer pool, or normal.

"Long-term, the benefits are huge for Lake Lanier," said Lisa Coghlan, a spokeswoman for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, Ala. "This cooler, wetter weather was unpredicted and it just came in and it's bumped the elevation of Lake Lanier up by three feet within a matter of days."

Forecasters expect that another weather system will move into Georgia later this week, bringing more rain. Coghlan said she expects lake levels to rise to 1068.34 feet above mean sea level, about two inches shy of summer pool, by this weekend.

Lake Allatoona, near Cartersville, has risen more than eleven feet.

Lake Hartwell, in eastern Georgia's Savannah River Basin, has risen 1.92 feet, although it could take about two days for that lake to see the benefits from the rains in the northern part of the state. A downpour that hit Augusta late last week has also contributed to the rising lake levels there.