Severe Drought Concerns in Georgia


The drought in Georgia is worsening. Allatoona Lake north of Atlanta Thursday (10/11) tied the record low level set 20-years ago - and the state is just now beginning its regular dry period.

Deep water docks that had large boats tied up are now sitting on dry land. Parts of the lake are little more than a river running through a dry lake bed.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin gave a noon news conference to discuss the drought. She and officials from the Bureau of Watershed Management talked about water concerns and conservation.

North Georgia is now what the experts term a D-4 Drought - that's worse than "severe" and "extreme." D-4 is an "extraordinary" drought.

Governor Perdue has issued a statewide outdoor watering ban for much of the state because of the lingering drought.

Lake Lanier already is 13 feet below full and is dropping at a rate of 1-foot a week.

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