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Full pool within reach for Lanier
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Forsyth County News

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About the width of a computer screen, that’s how much farther Lake Lanier has to go to reach full pool.

And that big event could hit in November, earlier than once thought, said Kent Frantz, senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

"The odds are looking very good now" of reaching 1,071 feet above sea level by then, he said.

And that’s because "rainfall events seem to (be occurring) a little more often and they seem to be moving through North Georgia and the Lake Lanier basin," Frantz said.

The lake, which as of Friday stood at about 1,069.60 feet, hasn’t been at full pool since September 2005.

Lanier has been steadily rising for a couple of weeks, with heavy rainfall moving into and lingering in North Georgia, flooding many areas throughout the Atlanta area.

Weather officials had said they believed Lanier could reach full pool by mid-winter, particularly as a forecasted El Niño weather pattern settles into the area.

But the rain hasn’t slowed in October, typically the driest month of the year.

Frantz said the area received more than an inch overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday morning alone.

And more could be on the way.

The chance for rain — and possibly some thunderstorms — was expected to last through Sunday night, according to the weather service.