Georgia drought all but gone

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Drought that has gripped the state for most of the past three years is almost gone, with a small patch in northeast Georgia still considered "abnormally dry."

The U.S. Drought Monitor, updated every Thursday, shows the improved conditions. Abnormally dry designation is the lowest of five drought intensity designations.

Previously, part of northeast Georgia was in moderate drought, the second-lowest designation, while another portion was deemed as abnormally dry.

A year ago, the state ranged from abnormally dry to extreme drought, but this year there has been ample rain.

Lake Lanier remains about six feet below full pool of 1,071 feet above sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The last time Lanier was at full pool was Sept. 6, 2005.

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