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Effects of high levels at Lake Lanier: 'It is a mess.'
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Effects of high levels at Lake Lanier: 'It is a mess.'

Effects of high levels at Lake Lanier: 'It is a mess.'
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Effects of high levels at Lake Lanier: 'It is a mess.'

We've not seen this at Lake Lanier since April of 1977 says WSB Radio meteorologist Kirk Mellish. Levels at the lake this week pushed to five feet above summer full pool. Not only there - Lake Allatoona is seven feet above full.

Two weeks of nearly every day constant rain - often heavy and widespread - will do that. At Lanier, lakeside homeowners are dealing with the effects. And companies that specialize in marine maintenance and shoreline work are plenty busy. 

"It's (Lanier's lake level) the highest I've ever seen it in my lifetime," says Kyle Davis with Marine Specialties, which has been around for 30 years. "The trunks of the trees, the water's up into people's backyards, electrical lines, power poles to the docks are in the water. "We've got trees falling, docks that are breaking loose from their anchoring, a lot of emergency-type repair work. "It is a mess," Davis tells WSB Radio. 

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The Army Corps of Engineers is doing its work to manage Lanier. Davis says earlier this week, the Corps had scheduled for a medium output-release at the dam to at least match inflows. 

Davis says a good bit of his company's work includes the maintenance and moving of docks. In this case with all the rain leading to high lake levels, it means moving those docks in. But that is tricky. "Majority of them out there, they can only go in so far. You'll end up creating more problems by trying to move the docks in further into land, further up the bank." 

As for other maintenance Davis' company would do at Lanier, "all the shoreline work that we do and that we have schedule, we can't even think about it right now until the lake gets down to manageable levels." 

Davis tells lakeside homeowners, "I just tell people be patient. It will come back down eventually, don't know how soon that will be. Could take weeks, months."

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