Roswell urges residents to avoid Chattahoochee during water release

The city of Roswell is urging folks to avoid swimming and other activities in the Chattahoochee River for the next two weeks.

The Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the Buford Dam, causing water levels to rise in the Chattahoochee. The release of water began May 30 and is expected to last two weeks, the city said.

Six to eight inches of rain from Tropical Storm Alberto pushed water levels in Lake Lanier above normal, so water must be evacuated from the lake, the city said.

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Water will be released at a rate of 9,000 cubic feet per second on weekdays and reduced to 7,000 cubic feet per second on weekends. The lake is expected to return to normal levels within two weeks, barring unexpected rainfall.

The Corps of Engineers is recommending that only experienced boaters with safety gear attempt to paddle during this time. Activities such as swimming and fishing are not recommended, the city said.

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Continuous water releases from Lake Lanier at Buford Dam has increased the water level and speed.

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