Ocmulgee River receding in Macon, weekend flooding expected in Hawkinsville

lfabian@macon.comMay 8, 2013 

The Ocmulgee River is expected to drop below flood stage of 18 feet sometime Wednesday, but flooding is expected this weekend in Hawkinsville.

The river crested at 21.79 feet at about 4:45 a.m. Tuesday and has been slowly receding to 18.18 feet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail was open Wednesday.

In Hawkinsville, the Ocmulgee was at 8.64 feet at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, but the river is expected to rise quickly Thursday, exceed flood stage of 20 feet early Friday and crest to 21.9 feet overnight into Saturday.

Timberlands flood at 16 feet, water covers Riverside Drive at 19 feet, and southside roads flood when the river hits 20.5 feet.

Gooseneck Lane is expected to be flooded by the time the river crests.

A flood warning has been canceled for the Oconee River in Johnson, Washington and Wilkinson counties.

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