UPDATE: Ocmulgee River could be receding, trail to remain closed

lfabian@macon.comMay 6, 2013 

Orange barrels continue to block the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail that is partially submerged by flood waters, but the river might be receding.

The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service reported a crest of 21.79 feet at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday. The level had dropped to 21.76 feet by 4:45 a.m. and might not make the projected crest of 22 feet forecast for 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Walkers, cyclists and joggers will have to find another place to exercise most of this week as minor flooding is forecast through Thursday, when the river is expected to drop below flood stage of 18 feet..

Weekend rain brought the Ocmulgee out of its banks Sunday after 2.42 inches of rain fell between 9 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Monday at Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

Much of the river trail is flooded north of the Otis Redding Bridge and north of the Spring Street Bridge, plus the lower level of Gateway Park is submerged.

Before the trail reopens, mud will have to be removed from the walkway after the river returns to its banks.

The Ocmulgee flood warning is also posted for Houston, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

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