Ocmulgee River crests, riverwalk still flooded

The Ocmulgee River crested at 22.47 feet in Macon Thursday afternoon and is slowly receding, according to the Southeast River Forecast Center of the National Weather Service.

At 4 a.m. Friday the water level had dropped to 21.73 feet which is still more than three feet over flood stage of 18 feet.

It is expected to drop below flood stage by Saturday evening which will allow the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail to reopen.

The storms that struck Georgia this week sent a rising tide of rainfall down the Ocmulgee River, causing it to escape its banks in several areas, including the spots along Coliseum Drive on Thursday.

Minor flooding is expected downstream in Hawkinsville where the Ocmulgee is expected to rise over flood stage of 21 feet as of 2 a.m. Sunday and crest at about 22.8 feet Monday afternoon.

Minor flooding is also expected on the Oconee River in Dublin which is expected to hit flood stage of 21 feet at about 8 p.m. Saturday.