Ocmulgee River drops below flood stage in Macon

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 13, 2014 

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Roderick Combs operates a front end loader pushing mud left by recent flooding during the cleanup effort on the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Thursday, January 2, 2014.

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The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail could soon reopen if the river level continues to drop below flood stage.

As of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the river was 17.82 feet, which is slightly below flood stage of 18 feet.

The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Center of the National Weather Service anticipates the river level to continue to gradually fall through the week.

The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail begins to flood at 16 feet, and by 19 feet sections of the riverwalk are under water and the lowest section of the Charles Jones Gateway Park will flood.

The trail will likely reopen as soon as Macon-Bibb County public works crews can assess the condition of the walkway.

The river rose above flood stage of 18 feet on Sunday evening and reached a peak of 20.97 feet at about 3:15 a.m. Monday and began slowly dropping.

Macon received .34" of rain overnight, but skies are expected to clear Tuesday.

Only a slight chance of rain is expected Friday, otherwise we are entering a drier period.

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