Rainy year in Georgia creates problems for lake businesses

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By: Associated Press
January 13, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- One of Georgia's wettest years on record has made for a challenging time for marinas and other businesses on Lake Lanier.

The Times reports that Gainesville, on the lake's east side, received nearly 70 inches of rain in 2018. It was the wettest year for the city since 2013.

Brent Pearson, who works for the company that owns Port Royale Marina on Lake Lanier, says it's easier deal with low lake levels than it is high lake levels, and that flooding can be a major problem.

Pearson said the marina wasn't affected much by all the rain, but parking lots on the property were. Rising water also brought trash and debris to Lake Lanier Olympic Park, which hosted the rowing events during the 1996 Olympic Games.

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