The 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.