CAIRO, GA (WALB) - Work is complete to create a new lake in Grady County. Now workers are waiting on approval from the federal government so they can start to fill Tired Creek Lake.
The 960 acre Tired Creek Lake project was proposed decades ago and now it's finally almost complete.
"We're a whole lot closer than what we were this time last year and the first year but hopefully very soon we'll be able to impound and how much rain we get is how long it will take to fill up the lake," said Mike Binion, Tired Creek Lake project manager.
County leaders are waiting for permission to fill the lake. The county attorney says the department of natural resources signed off this week. Now, the clock is ticking as they wait for they're last approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Project Manager Michael Binion says the water that's in the lake now is only from the rain. When everything is approved, workers will open the spillway on the new dam and fill the lake to the 222 water mark level, creating a new recreational area for the region.
Binion added, "We think its gonna get a lot of revenue to the community maybe people stopping by to get gas in town to come out here with the boats and restaurants and people will come out here to eat."
Managers say filling the lake could take up to one year and the county attorney says they should have an answer from the Corps of Engineers by January 9th.