Tue., October 13, 2009 5:19pm (EDT)

Rains Bring Lake Lanier to 4-Year High
By Rickey Bevington
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Metro Atlanta's main water source -- Lake Lanier -- is expected to reach full pool for the first time in four years.  (Courtesy Gregor Smith)
Metro Atlanta's main water source -- Lake Lanier -- is expected to reach full pool for the first time in four years. (Courtesy Gregor Smith)
The heavy rainfall has brought flash floods and millions of dollars in damage across the state. But the rain has also brought some good news - after years of drought water level at Lake Lanier is at its highest level in four years.

This is all good news for metro Atlantans, who depend on Lanier for drinking water.

At 1,071 feet the federal reservoir is less than a foot below full pool. It's expected to reach its full level of 1,071 feet by Wednesday.

It wasn’t that long ago when the lake was more than 20 feet below during north Georgia’s historic drought.

In the past month alone, Lake Lanier has risen five and a half feet.


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