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Rains help Lake Lanier rebound from low level

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Recent rains have helped to replenish the water level at Lake Lanier, a main drinking water source and recreation area for metro Atlantans.

The Times of Gainesville reports (http://bit.ly/tVRv5b) that Lake Lanier's water level is the highest it has been since early November.

Authorities say the lake had been dropping by nearly a foot and a half every two weeks.

It had dropped to 1,057.91 feet above sea level on Nov. 14, the lowest it had been since March 2009, during a drought that had started in 2007.

But the rains have helped to reverse the lake's downward course.

Lanier's water level Monday was 1,059.22 feet - still nearly 11 feet below the winter full pool of 1,070 feet.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com

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