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Torrential Rains Close Some Georgia Campgrounds

September 23, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

This week’s flooding rains have prompted officials at Georgia’s Lake Allatoona to shut down some boat ramps and campsites because of high water. Some areas have received upward of 20 inches of rain in recent days.

The lake northwest of Atlanta soared about 10 feet above full pool level after rising more than 8 feet in the past 24 hours ending Tuesday morning (Sept. 22), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Allatoona boat ramps at Cooper Branch, Clark Creek South and the Victoria Day Use Area were closed Tuesday, along with McKinney Campground.

But Georgia’s deluge hasn’t been all bad news.

Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s main water supply, has surged more than 3 feet in the last three days as heavy rainfall blanketed the region. 

The federal reservoir was once 18 feet under full pool and is now only about 3.5 feet below that level. It is at the center of a long-running legal fight among Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The lakes should continue to fill up over the next few days as streams and rivers continue to pump water into them.

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