Lake Lanier rose two feet while Southwest Georgia is in a state of emergency:
Lake Lanier’s level at 6 p.m. Wednesday was 1,055.52 feet above sea level, up from 1,053.24 feet at midnight Sunday. That’s about 22 billion gallons of additional water – enough to supply the region for the next 50 days.
The lake is still more than 15 feet below full, although the deficit may be trimmed a bit more as runoff from the recent rains makes its way down tributaries.
Gov. Sonny Perdue issued an emergency declaration order Wednesday covering Baker, Charlton, Grady, Miller, Thomas, Decatur and Seminole counties in the southwest corner of the state.
“While we are very fortunate to not have witnessed the full extent of Tropical Storm Fay, there has been considerable damage to roads, homes and farmlands,” Perdue said. “Our goal is to assist these counties with state equipment and personnel in order to handle extensive repairs.”
Rainfall totals in the affected area included 27.5 inches in Thomasville and 13.5 inches in Newton, the National Weather Service said.