Ocmulgee may pass flood stage

Local officials are keeping a close eye on the Ocmulgee River in the wake of weather reports that call for rain through Thursday.

The river had risen to 8.1 feet as of Monday afternoon. According to both the National Weather Service and the Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency, the river is expected to reach flooding stage — at 18 feet — this afternoon and could reach a high of 21 feet by Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re looking for the river to crest at 21 feet on Wednesday,” said LaTravius Smith, interim director of the EMA. “But the water should recede almost immediately.”

Smith said the effect should be similar to the heavy rains from a couple of weeks ago, in which parts of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail were flooded.

Smith said people should stay tuned with the latest information from local weather forecasts.