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Georgia Drought

ATLANTA (AP) _ More than two inches of rain fell at Helen along
the Chattahoochee River in northeast Georgia, but it is hard to
determine whether the rainfall will have any appreciable effect
downstream at Lake Lanier, metro Atlanta's main water supply.

Amounts of precipitation Wednesday night and yesterday varied
throughout the drought-stricken river basin. Much of it was soaked
into the dry and thirsty ground, and experts already have said
Georgia needs months of above-average rainfall to emerge from the
drought.

More rain is expected this weekend. Lake Lanier hit another record low level yesterday at 1052.34 feet above sea level, down almost 19 feet from its full pool of 1071 feet. Until this week, the record low was 1,052.66 feet in December 1981.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to announce by
Friday whether to cut water flows from the reservoir's Buford Dam
by another five percent. The Corps started reducing the flow by
about five percent last week.


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