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Lower lake levels expose maintenance needs

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia Power has been drawing water out of Lake Chehaw.

The draw down, which is about eight feet, began earlier this month as part of scheduled maintenance on the Flint River and Hydro Dam.

It's supposed to expose trash, debris, and other materials that can be pulled from the water.Residents who live on the water welcome the maintenance opportunity.

"It's a good time to repair your dock and gather the debris that gathers around so we do get out and use the time to repair and clean up," said Susan Hammon, who has lived on the  Kinchafoonee Creek for more than 30 years.

Residents on the creek say the lowering of the lake also exposes how large a sand bar has grown below the Jefferson Street Bridge.

Georgia Power has taken note of the problem and will try to fix it when it has enough funding. Work crews will begin refilling Lake Chehaw mid-October.

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