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Lake Lanier level continues to rise
Corps allowed to resume dock permitting process
Heather Couch and her son Ethan walk along the shore of Lake Lanier near Longwood Park that would be submerged if the lake were at full pool. The lake level has slowly been rising since mid-November. - photo by Tom Reed

Lake Lanier is continuing to gain on its capacity level, gaining more than a foot in the last week.

The lake was at 1,065.08 feet above sea level as of 3:15 p.m. Thursday. That leaves it 4.92 feet below its winter full pool of 1,070 feet. It had been at 1,064.63 feet above sea level last Thursday at 2:15 p.m., before the change to daylight saving time.

At 1,065 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can resume its dock permitting process.

The lake was at 1063.07 feet above sea level on Feb. 14.
The lake had dropped to 1,057.91 feet on Nov. 14, its lowest point in 2« years.

Lanier has been steadily refilling since Nov. 28.

Rainfall in the area was 2.35 inches in January, 1.37 inches in February and 3.19 inches so far in March.

North Hall is not considered to be in drought status, and South Hall remains abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor run by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Only 12.49 percent, about one-eighth, of the state of Georgia is not considered to be in at least some level of drought.

According to the drought monitor, 87.51 percent of the state is considered at least abnormally dry, the least severe stage of drought.

The monitor reports 5.57 percent of the state is in the most severe stage of drought.


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