Georgia drought means lake levels far below normal

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

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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  • by Glenn Location: Hephzibah on Oct 26, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    Who the heck is the Shewbuirts? Hey How bout we talk to the corp of engineers on why the lake is so low, ya we are in a drought but thats not why the lake is so is 10' low. Instead of talking to Jim and Diane lets see a article on the real reason they are keeping the lake almost empty and dangerous for us boaters
  • by ron Location: augusta on Oct 19, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    Sea shells all the way up in Clarks Hill lake. I think these are fresh water mussel shells, not sea shells. We should have some of the water in Lake Russell which is above pool stage. The Corp cannot manage our lake level.
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