Weekend rains forecast to bring more minor flooding

mstucka@macon.comDecember 27, 2013 

The National Weather Service says weekend rains could bring more flooding across Middle Georgia.

On Friday, the organization issued a flood watch through 1 p.m. Sunday for most of Middle Georgia. Rains are forecast to be lighter, but will be pouring into full waterways.

“Many rivers, creeks and streams remain in an elevated condition and just an additional 1 to 2 inches (of rain) will cause additional flooding,” the organization wrote in its flood watch alert.

The Ocmulgee River is forecast to reach 19.5 inches in Macon by Monday night, 1 1/2 feet above flood stage. At that level, parts of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail are flooded.

A flood warning remains in effect in parts of Middle Georgia, with minor flooding forecast by Saturday afternoon along the Ocmulgee River near Hawkinsville. The waters are forecast to reach 20.3 feet by Sunday morning, inches below the point that some Hawkinsville roads flood.

Minor flooding continues along the Oconee River in Johnson, Washington and Wilkinson counties.

The National Weather Service forecast for Macon called for a Friday night low of 36 degrees, followed by a 60-percent chance of rain and a high of 51 for Saturday.

Heavy rain is forecast to begin Saturday evening, with more rain and a high of 61 for Sunday.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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