Lake Lanier Has Reached Full Pool

Posted by on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 2:58pm.

Lake LanierThe U.S. Geological Survey website is reporting that Lake Lanier reached full pool this morning and is currently at 1,071.01 feet above sea level. Located just north of Atlanta, the Lake Lanier reservoir is the water source for most of the metro Atlanta area.

Indicative of the amount of rain we've had lately, today's level is the first time that Lake Lanier has been at full pool since September 2005, and is over 20 feet higher than the all-time low in December 2007 (see photo). The lake level has risen 18 feet in 2009 alone, not a small feat considering the lake has 692 miles of shoreline.

Unfortunately the rain has also created havoc on low lying areas and caused many creeks and streams to flood into developed areas that have never before experienced flooding, leaving many homes and businesses completely destroyed. In some cases, creek and stream levels have reach the 100 year flood level, and since the Chattahoochee is also full, the backwater effect has actually caused some areas to reach the 500 year flood level. The USGS also reports that 20 of their water gages have been destroyed by the flooding, making it difficult to get accurate readings.

The forecast for today is more rain, however the remainder of the week is forecasted to be dry.

6 Responses to "Lake Lanier Has Reached Full Pool"

Mike Pannell wrote: Man that is lot of rain if that is a picture of the lake. The good thing the bass can get under the docks again . That is just crazy. We had 3 inch of rain here in the last 45 mins

Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 9:17pm.

Printable Eviction Notice wrote: That is a lot of rain. On the positive side, at least this will help the draught that Georgia has been experiencing.

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 5:33pm.

Lisa Udy wrote: That is amazing! 18 feet in one year? How much rain did you get, sheesh! They have officially called our 7 year drought over here in our area. Which is nice since we live in the desert, great information!

Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 2:23pm.

Alison Moss wrote: I lived in Atlanta from 2001 - 2007 and saw how the lake levels rose and fell in the summers and falls. We left in February of 07 so we never saw the worst of it. My husband used to sail on the lake and would tell me all about getting boats out of the mud.

Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 10:24am.

Monica wrote: Rain is not always good. Too much rain always results in flood. And then people loose their home and business. Their life become difficult.

Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 7:15am.

Sarah House wrote: Wow 18 feet in 1 year, that is amazing. Has this caused real estate values to go down in the area? I would guess yes, unless the homes are built to withstand the rise in water. Probably some of the houses will need to be re-located though.

Posted on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 at 12:00pm.

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