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Lake Lanier's water level continues to rise

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities say Lake Lanier's water level has risen more than 2 inches in the past week due to recent rains.

Reports say the lake hasn't returned to normal levels, but is closer to its average.

As of Tuesday evening, the lake's level was just over 1,060 feet, compared to the historic average of 1,066 feet.

Before the rains, the lake had been dropping by nearly a foot and a half every two weeks.

It had dropped to 1,057.91 feet above sea level on Nov. 14, the lowest it had been since March 2009, during a drought that began in 2007.

Lake Lanier supplies much of metro Atlanta with drinking water, and is a major recreation area for the region.