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Lakes are drying up (Atlanta, GA) -- The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is predicting lake levels in North Georgia to decline dramatically due to severe drought conditions dehydrating the state. Included on the list is Lake Lanier, which is expected to drop at least three feet by the end of this month. Lake Allatoona is predicted to drop anywhere from two to three feet by the end of June. So far, Georgia is ten inches below normal rainfall for the year. There is also more bad news. According to the Corps' chief ranger, lake conditions will get worse before improving.

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-- Martin Thompson (, June 04, 2000


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Water Rationing Begins Officials at the State Environmental Protection Agency are now calling Georgia's drought a natural disaster and as a result have imposed mandatory water restrictions. The 15 metro-area counties affected by the restrictions are Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton Coweta, Douglas, Forsyth, Hall, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale, Fayette, and Gwinnett. Effective Monday, all outdoor watering is banned between ten a-m and ten p-m, seven days a week. Individual counties will enforce the bans. If caught, violators will face stiff fines.

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