After persistent drought conditions, a popular north Georgia lake is beginning the summer recreation season with a full pool of water.
Lake Lanier, northeast of Atlanta, is at 1,072.29 feet. That is the highest it has been since Feb. 8, 2010, when the lake was at 1,072.34.
The Times of Gainesville reports (http://bit.ly/YlRPjP) that the last time Lanier was higher on May 1 was in 2003.
The water level was far lower just a few months ago.
During the devastating 2007-09 drought, the water level was drained to 1,050.79 feet above sea level.
Then, on Dec. 18, The lake dropped to 1,056.33 feet, nearly 14 feet below the winter full pool of 1,070 feet.
Since that date, however, the lake began a steady upward climb.
Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com
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