Flooding closes Houston County boat ramp

mstucka@macon.comFebruary 26, 2014 

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Knowles Landing boat ramp because the Ocmulgee River remains high.

Steve Schleiger, the regional fisheries supervisor for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said Wednesday that the Ga. 96 boat ramp closure is largely a moot point. The river has been running about 4,500 cubic feet per second, or more than double the rate at which it’s deemed not safe to be in the water.

“Generally you want to wait until the water’s back within the banks,” he said.

The parking lot at the landing also floods easily.

Such high water flows also raise the turbidity, meaning fishing’s isn’t good. Fishing should clear up when the water flows drop down, likely in late April, he said.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for parts of Appling, Effingham, Screven and Toombs counties, along the Altamaha and Savannah rivers.

The Ocmulgee River in Macon has dropped several feet, to 11.7, well below the minor flooding level of 18 feet. The Ocmulgee River in Hawkinsville has been climbing since Tuesday morning but was at 9.8 feet on Wednesday morning, well below the flood stage of 20 feet.

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