Lake Allatoona, GA (Cherokee County). November 4, 2007
The docks of Lake Allatoona are actually resting on mud every winter; while the lake's full summer pool is 840 feet above sea level, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers each fall lowers the lake level in anticipation of winter rains to prevent flooding along the Etowah River downstream. The normal winter pool in January is 823 feet above sea level. The difference here is that the lake level was at 822 feet at the end of October 2007, 3 months before it is supposed to be this low - and not because it was drained but due to the absence of rain. At the time the shore line was receding at a rate of 12" (30 cm) a day. December rains replenished the lake somewhat and at the end of the year 2007 it was only 2 feet below normal winter pool.
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