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New Lake Lanier maps helpful in recovery efforts

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at Lake Lanier say upgraded maps have given them a better insight into the depths of the man-made lake and what objects may be resting far beneath its surface.

The Times of Gainesville reported Sunday that a firm that was contracted by the Army Corps of Engineers used high-speed sonar and light detection to examine peaks and valleys of the land beneath Lake Lanier.

The Corps' park ranger at Buford Dam, Russell Lundstrum is working to update the maps and says the upgraded versions are helpful in water safety initiatives and help officials detect low-water hazards. Lundstrum says the maps have also been helpful in recovery efforts, and have informed emergency responders of the type of underwater environment they may be entering during a search.

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