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Georgia City Urges People to Avoid River for Water Release

Georgia Public Broadcasting

A Georgia city is urging people to avoid swimming or fishing in the Chattahoochee River for the next two weeks.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Roswell is urging people to avoid the river as water levels rise during a release from a dam. The city says Tropical Storm Alberto's rain pushed Lake Lanier's water levels above normal, prompting the release.

The Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started releasing water from Buford Damn on May 30. The increase is expected to last two weeks. Water will be released at different rates. Weekdays will see about 9,000 cubic feet leave the lake per second, while that number will be reduced to 7,000 on weekends.

The Corps of Engineers says only experienced boaters with safety gear should attempt to paddle on the river during this time.