Lake Lanier 2017 drought photo

This photo of Lake Lanier’s banks from October 2016 shows how far water levels had dropped by that point because of an ongoing drought. Although the water level has recovered since then, the U.S. Drought Monitor said the area around the lake is currently experiencing an extreme drought which is part of a rapidly developing 'flash drought' across the state. The lake level has dropped about half-a-foot since Oct. 1.