Corps To Release More Water Amid Drought

Oct 26, 2012

The Army Corps of Engineers will release more water out Lake Lanier to help alleviate drought conditions.
Credit / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will release more water from Lake Lanier and West Point Lake because of drought conditions in Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Weather forecasts aren't predicting rain in the region over the next two weeks, and more water is needed at Lake Seminole and Walter F. George. So the corps will release additional water from the northern reservoirs to make up the water flow lost due to the lack of rain.

The announcement Friday means more water will be flowing through the basin that drains the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola and Flint rivers toward the Gulf of Mexico. Much of eastern Alabama and central Georgia is either abnormally dry or in a drought.

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