High water closes Ocmulgee Heritage trail in Macon

Continual bouts of rain this week has the Ocmulgee River spilling out of its banks along the riverwalk.

Macon-Bibb County closed the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail due to high water Wednesday night, and it is expected to stay closed at least until Friday and possibly through the weekend, depending on the water level.

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the river level was just below 17 feet.

Although flood stage is 18 feet, portions of the trail begin to flood when the Ocmulgee reaches 16 feet in Macon.

The National Weather Service warns the wet pattern continues through Monday, but no significant flooding is expected.

Between 2 and 3 inches of rain is forecast from Middle Georgia northward through the weekend, so conditions should be closely monitored.