Sat., October 17, 2009 10:04am (EDT)

Corps To Release Water From Lanier
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Corps to do measured releases at Lake Lanier despite Lt. Governor's urgings to keep it full. (photo courtesy Wikimedia)
Corps to do measured releases at Lake Lanier despite Lt. Governor's urgings to keep it full. (photo courtesy Wikimedia)
Lake Lanier has reached full pool, and it's not expected to rise much higher.

That's because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to do measured releases to prevent flooding downstream and damage to federal buildings on the lake.

The lake hit its full mark Wednesday for the first time since 2005.

It had been as much as 20 feet below that level during the southeast's epic drought.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cage has been urging the Corps to keep the lake full, saying officials should store more water "away for an un-rainy day."