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Ocmulgee flood warning ends, Oconee receding

The Ocmulgee River swells over the pedestrian overlook in the Gateway Park in downtown Macon on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
The Ocmulgee River swells over the pedestrian overlook in the Gateway Park in downtown Macon on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The Telegraph

Flood waters have receded earlier than expected on the Ocmulgee and Oconee rivers in Middle Georgia.

By midnight Tuesday, the Ocmulgee dipped below flood stage of 18 feet and continued to recede down to about 16 feet by late morning Wednesday.

The flood warning was not set to expire until late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

The Ocmulgee crested at 21.07 feet about 10:15 p.m. Monday and has been slowly receding in Macon.

The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail will remain closed until Friday afternoon.

Minor flooding is forecast to begin late Thursday in Hawkinsville with the river projected to crest just over flood stage of 20 feet sometime Friday.

In Abbeville, the Ocmulgee could reach about a foot over flood stage of 12 feet sometime this weekend.

Flooding is no longer expected along the Oconee River.

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