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POLL: A soggy Atlanta summer or a drastically dry drought?

ATLANTA -- It's been a soggy year as the Atlanta area has already exceeded its yearly rainfall total. 

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Back in December 2007, the southeastern part of the country saw the worst drought conditions to come their way in over 100 years. That year, Lake Lanier saw consecutive low-level amounts, finally bottoming out at an all-time low of only 1050 feet. Falling 20 feet below full pool, the drought caused land exposure in some spots.

The drop in rainfall led to Stage 4 drought restriction, which more often affects drier communities like those in San Antonio. That marked the worst drought in Georgia history. 

Four years later, Lake Lanier came close to an all-time low, dropping 1,060 feet above sea level. Local business owners said they struggled as tourism was also drained in the fall of 2011. 

During the 2007 record-breaker, outdoor water use was banned in 55 northern Georgia counties. Irrigation systems were stopped for business and residential use was confined to odd/even days. 

Fireworks were cancelled. City fountains, including those in Centennial Olympic Park were shut off. 

For the first time ever, the Peachtree Road Race route was changed to keep runners out of Piedmont Park. 

Farmers had no water to harvest their crops.

Conditions were so bad that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue declared a day of prayer - for rain. 

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