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Thunderstorms boost lake levels
Lanier at highest level since setting record low
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The rain associated with Saturday’s storms helped increase the level of Lake Lanier by nearly three-quarters of a foot.

At midnight Thursday, the lake level was 1,054.77 feet above mean sea level. By midnight Sunday, the level had risen to 1,055.50 feet, an increase of .73 feet.

The level was unchanged six hours later at 6 a.m. Monday.

This is the highest level the lake has reached since setting a record low of 1,050.79 feet on Dec. 26.

On Saturday, the Gainesville weather station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport recorded 2.21 inches of rainfall, most of which was recorded between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The rainfall is also keeping the reservoirs on the lower Chattahoochee above seasonal averages.

West Point Lake’s level on Monday was 632.74 feet, which is nearly 3 feet above the seasonal average and just 2.26 feet below full summer pool.

Lake Walter F. George was at 189.67 feet on Monday, just .32 feet below full pool of 190 feet above mean sea level. Lake Allatoona, which is not in the same basin with Lanier, but is a major water supplier in the metro area, increased by 2 feet during the storms. The reading on Friday was 835.62 feet and on Monday was 837.63 feet, just 2.37 feet below summer full pool of 840 feet.

On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the outflow from Buford Dam. On Thursday, the release was 760 cubic feet per second. On Friday, the release was lowered to 478 cubic feet per second and was 468 on Sunday. The corps, acting on a request from Georgia, agreed to reduce the discharge to 650 cubic feet per second.

Inflows into Lanier were 7,944 cubic feet per second on Saturday and 3,438 on Sunday.

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