Rain still falling in Athens, Corps says Lake Hartwell is full

Rain remains in the forecast for Athens and northeast Georgia, today and again tomorrow and with the rain the ongoing threat of flooding for much of the region. Forecasters say we will dry out and dip below freezing for the weekend.

The Corps of Engineers says Lake Hartwell has reached flood stage. The Corps says there are, for now, no plans to open the spillways, but they say that could change if the rain keeps falling and the lake level keeps rising.

The Corps says the Savannah River downstream from Lakes Hartwell and Thurmond reached channel capacity late last week with the combination of rainfall and increases in inflow from tributaries.

In anticipation of these increased natural flows, Corps officials reduced the water releases from the J. Strom Thurmond Dam near Augusta.

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