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Flood control operations underway

Press Release

Because of significant rainfall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has implemented flood control operations in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee- Flint (ACF) and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basins.

The reservoirs are operating for one of their primary missions, flood control.

Portions of Northern Georgia have received up to several feet of rain over the last few days causing the lakes and downstream rivers to rise rapidly.

Due to recent rain events and as part of the flood damage reduction operations on the ACF, releases from Buford Dam at Lake Lanier for water supply and quality at Peachtree Creek were curtailed on September 19.

The current elevation at Lake Lanier is 1067.53 feet above mean sea level (msl).

Lanier has risen over 3 feet in the past few days and the lake is expected to peak at 1068.5 msl over the upcoming weekend.

The reservoir level at West Point Lake is expected to crest near 638 msl over the next few days, about 3 feet above its normal summer level. Water releases from the West Point Dam will be increased over the next 24 hours but are not expected to cause flooding.

The Corps continues to monitor the situation and will make necessary changes to water releases to ensure minimal impacts both upstream and downstream.

Source: Army Corps. of Engineers

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