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Macon rainfall total exceeds April average

The Macon rain total for the month have already surpassed the 3.14 inches expected in the rain gauge for a normal April, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the Macon-Middle Georgia Regional Airport had measured 5.25 inches — 1.29 inches since midnight. More than 13 inches have fallen since the first of March, according to the weather service.

Normal rainfall for the two-month period is 8.04 inches.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, rain gauges at Robins Air Force Base reported 1.18 inches of rain had fallen since midnight, according to the weather service.

Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Johnny Wingers said water pooled on some streets in Macon during the heavy downpours, especially low lying areas on Riverside Drive.

Wingers said the water didn’t drain off the road fast enough to prevent puddling.

No flooding or storm damage was reported in Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach or Twiggs counties.

The Ocmulgee River is once again flowing over its banks as the river rose above flood stage early this morning.

By 4 a.m. the river was three inches over flood stage of 18 feet and was expected to crest later today at 19.2 feet, according to a National Weather Service flood warning.

With heavy rainfall upstream since Sunday night, the river is not expected to fall below flood stage until Wednesday afternoon.

At 19 feet parts of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail are under water as is the lower section of the Gateway Park near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Riverside Drive.

In Telfair County, EMA Director Jennifer Williamson said several trees fell early Monday afternoon, mostly near U.S. 441 north of Jacksonville.

In Pulaski County, EMA Director Leslie Sewell said the weather front caused damage, mostly on the north side of Hawkinsville. Wind damaged the roofs of two houses, taking the eaves off of the houses. An irrigation pivot blew over as did the trailer of a tractor-trailer truck. Trees caused roads to be temporarily closed and fell on a couple of cars, he said.

While water may pool in low lying areas, Sewell said the Ocmulgee River doesn’t seem to be at risk of flooding in his area.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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