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Thursday May 7th, 2015 2:42AM

Drought conditions improving in north Georgia

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
UNDATED - That heavy rain we experienced in northeast Georgia earlier this week seems to have put at least a dent in drought conditions across the region.

According to the latest data released from the U.S. Drought Monitor Thursday, the line of moderate drought conditions has slid to the south over the past week.

That line stretches from Pickens County in the west to Hart County in the east. Most of the counties in that line are now considered abnormally dry, instead of in moderate drought.

Hall County remains split, but it's abnormally dry to the north and moderate drought to the south. Forsyth County is also split, while Gwinnett, Barrow and Jackson counties have regions ranging from moderate to severe drought.

While what the monitor terms as exceptional drought still exists in Georgia, there are regions in the southeastern part of the state, and the most northern tier counties that are not even considered abnormally dry.

Meantime, as that earlier rainfall continues to make its way from the watershed into Lake Lanier, the level is continuing to rise, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

At latest check, Lanier sat at 1063.05 feet, up 1.55 feet since Sunday.
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