Thursday, September 24, 2009

And the Floods Came...

By now, our lake has been all over the news as reports of the floods in North Georgia circulate around the world. We are fine, all five of us. Unfortunately a lot of people did not fare as well. Nine dead in the state so far after 20 inches descended around the Atlanta area in a week. The only good news so far is that water levels at the lake are now only 3 feet below normal, after 4 years of drought.

"Drought-stricken Lake Lanier, which stands near the head of a water table that serves Atlanta and parts of Georgia, Alabama and Florida, rose 3 feet (1 metre) in the recent rain.

Two years ago the lake was at record low levels but now it stands just 3-4 feet (1-1.2 metres) below the 1,071 feet (326 metres) above sea level considered its full level during the summer, said Lisa Coghlan of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, Alabama.

At the height of a drought in November 2007 the lake's level fell to 1,052 feet (320 metres), Coghlan said."

For pictures of the lake after the rains visit

For great pictures of the flood in Atlanta and all around us visit:

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