Lake Allatoona rose dramatically with this week’s rain.
Our lake gained 7 feet by 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, and its probably going to rise a total of more than 12 feet through the weekend. Being a smaller lake than Lanier and with a larger watershed, Allatoona normall refills quickly.
In November, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates both Lanier and Allatoona, had drawn down Allatoona to prepare for potential winter floods. The move paid off this week, as the corps held back water in Allatoona to prevent further flooding downstream in Rome.