Four Days Of Rain Saves Atlanta Area From Driest-Year-On-Record Title

ATLANTA (AP) — A wave of rainstorms that’s been soaking Atlanta is ensuring that 2007 won’t get in the record books as the region’s driest year.

With Sunday’s storm, this year’s cumulative rainfall in the area has edged out 1954’s by .05 inches.

The recent drenching is having only a small effect on the metropolitan area’s main water source. The water level at Lake Lanier has climbed only a few inches since Wednesday.

The Atlanta area is at the center of a severe drought drying out more than a third of the Southeast.

The lack of rainfall has set off intense fighting between Georgia, Florida and Alabama over the federal government’s management of water in the region.