Lake Lanier Close to Record Low Water Level Set in 1981

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Lake Lanier may drop to a record low level this week.

Thanks to the region's extreme drought, Lanier is close to passing the record low depths set more than a quarter-century ago.

The US Geological Survey says the lake's level was at 1,052-point-75 feet above sea level this morning.

That's inches short of the record -- 1,052-point-66 feet above sea level that was recorded in December 1981. The lake is about 18 feet below normal pool levels.

Because the level has been dropping about two-tenths of a foot per day, the lake may reach a record low sometime this week.

Lakes Lanier and Allatoona are the main sources of water for metropolitan Atlanta's 5 million residents.

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