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High water levels swallow up Lake Lanier beaches

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Heavy rain over the weekend at Lake Lanier brought water levels even higher and for the first time in awhile, it's actually a bad thing.

Alex Laidlaw is the Vice President of Westrec Marinas. He has seen his fair share of storms, but he said nothing quite like this one.

"I don't think we've ever seen that kind of water come down that quickly. It came up 9-10 inches in just a few hours," said Laidlaw.

It came up so much it flooded one resident's pool, put some docks underwater, and made most of the lake's beaches disappear.

Sandi Jones and her husband Nigel come to the lake every year.

"It's about the highest we've ever seen. We've been coming here about 20 years and it's quite something to see actually because it's obliterated all the sand and all the beaches," said Sandi Jones.

Disappointing for some looking to play around on the beach, but Nigel Jones said it wasn't that big of a deal.

At our age we don't make too many sand castles so it's not all that important," said Nigel Jones.

But for areas that tailor to kids and families, there's some concern heading into one of the lake's busiest weekends.

However, Laidlaw thinks the same weather that caused the problem, is what will turn this weekend into a big one.

"With all the bad weather we've had on weekends I think we really have pinned up demand and I think Memorial Day weekend is going to be very very busy," said Laidlaw.

In the long run, Laidlaw said the high water level is a good thing because now they won't have to worry about the water being too low for the rest of the summer.

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