Lake Lanier now stands at levels it hasn’t reached since February 2006, just before a two-year drought drained the lake to a historic low.
The lake’s elevation was at 1,068.85 feet above sea level Sunday evening, the product of several downpours the past couple of weeks.
Since Sept. 20 alone, the lake rose from 1,064.63 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Full pool is 1,071 feet, an elevation that hasn’t been recorded since September 2005. The lake was at its lowest level ever, 1,050.79 feet, on Dec. 26, 2007.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have said the full effect of rainfall on lake levels typically isn’t seen for a couple of days after the event.
Still, Sunday’s lake level exceeded the corps’ projection for how far the lake would rise. On Tuesday, officials were predicting it would hit 1,068.5 feet.
After that prediction, the area remained relatively dry until Saturday’s drenching.
According to AccuWeather.com, the area has received 12.1 inches of rainfall this month, 8 more inches than the normal. Year to date, the area has a surplus of nearly 7 inches.
Not much rain is in the weather forecast this week, however.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is predicting a slight chance of showers today and then it is mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s through Friday.
Rain could return Friday night and Saturday, with temperatures remaining in the 70s.