Minor flooding forecast for parts of Ocmulgee River

mstucka@macon.comApril 11, 2014 

The rainwater that caused minor flooding in Macon will soon do the same thing downstream.

The National Weather Service predicted the Ocmulgee River would rise above flood stage by Monday morning near Abbeville, affecting Dodge, Telfair and Wilcox counties.

The latest forecasts predicted the Ocmulgee River would peak at 19.8 feet in Hawkinsville on Monday morning, just a couple inches below the level of minor flooding.

In Abbeville, the Ocmulgee is expected to hit 12 feet, the beginnings of minor flooding, by 8 a.m. Monday. The river will peak around 12.6 inches by Tuesday morning, the forecast shows. At 12 feet, the Abbeville boat ramp and a nearby park begin to flood.

Heavy rains Monday led to the closure of Macon’s Ocmulgee Heritage Trail later in the week. The trail regularly floods with spring rains.

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