Flood warning posted for Ocmulgee River near Macon

Days of rain have flooded the Ocmulgee River near Macon.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Monday morning after the river level rose rapidly late Sunday.

The Ocmulgee lingered at flood stage of 18 feet for several hours Sunday, but rose quickly in the evening and overnight hours. By 8 p.m. Monday, the river was at 21 feet.

The Ocmulgee is expected to rise a little more and hold steady before slowly receding and dropping below flood stage before noon Wednesday.

The flood warning includes Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties. Portions of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail are underwater, as is the lower level of Charles Jones Gateway Park.

The riverwalk will remain closed until the flooding recedes and the trail can be cleared of mud and debris.