Georgia drought means lake levels far below normal

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News 12 First at Five, October 17, 2007

LAKE THURMOND, Ga. - Diane and Jim Shewbuirt were out today admiring the beauty of Lake Thurmond. But they also noticed something not so pretty.

"I think what's going through my mind is the devastation from the drought. It's amazing how much of the sand is showing. Everything that should be floating is high and dry," says Diane.

Things that should be under water are not, Including a boat marker and sea shells. A floating pier is no longer floating and grass is even growing where water should be. In some places the lake is eight feet below normal.

"You can see the deterioration of the shore line where the trees are falling in," says Diane. "It's sad."

The combination of high temperatures and lack of rain has made the drought last much longer than expected. In fact, we would need 12 inches of rain weekly to get back to normal water levels.

The Shewbuirts say they hope people realize the severity of the drought.

"There's a lot of people trying to use water and if you can cut out watering the lawn, do it. Otherwise, you can water the lawn but you're losing your shoreline," says Diane.

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