Houston & Peach

Midstate drying out after storms

While the sun was out for stretches across Middle Georgia on Friday afternoon, the effects of Thursday’s heavy rains were evident.

Road closings were reported in Crawford, Houston and Peach counties. About 150 homes were without water in Crawford County following a water main break.

And while the Ocmulgee, Oconee and Flint rivers didn’t flood, river levels are still on the rise.

Matt Sena, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the rivers are expected to rise through next week as rain water from north Georgia drains into the rivers.

“If we get another couple of rounds of heavy rain, a couple of the bigger rivers could come close” to flooding, he said Friday afternoon.

A flood watch is in effect for north and central Georgia through tonight. Scattered heavy showers are forecast to continue into this afternoon with an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain possible, according to the National Weather Service. The daily chance of rain across the midstate ranges from 30 percent to 70 percent through Friday.

The Middle Georgia Regional Airport reported receiving 4.06 inches of rain between Wednesday night and late Friday afternoon. At Robins Air Force Base, 2.64 inches were reported, according to the weather service.

About 150 Crawford County homes were without water Friday after a water main broke underneath Matthews Creek during severe weather Thursday, County Manager Pat Kelly said.

The creek, which is normally between 8 and 10 feet wide, had expanded to about 120 feet by Friday morning.

The break can’t be fixed until the water recedes, he said.

As a temporary fix, a fire hose was being installed Friday to connect the last Roberta fire hydrant on Ga. 128 with the first county hydrant to provide all but about six homes with water, he said.

“We’re doing the best we can,” Kelly said.

About 95 percent of the county’s dirt roads were affected by heavy rains. Road crews began work Friday to repair the roads, and they are expected to continue today to make the roads passable.

In Peach County, Rolling Hills Road, Lilly Creek Road and Woolfolk Road were closed by authorities after flooding Thursday “washed out” the roads, said Jeff Doles of the Peach County Emergency Management Agency.

Woolfolk Road has been reopened while Rolling Hills and Lilly Creek roads remain closed. Doles does not expect either road to reopen until after the weekend.

Peach County emergency workers evacuated six residents from two trailer homes on Rolling Hills Road.

The Warner Robins Police Department announced Friday that it will keep a part of Feagin Mill Road, between Peach Blossom Road and Houston Lake Road, closed through the weekend due to the flooding. A portion of Feagin Mill Road’s westbound lane collapsed during Thursday’s flooding.

No road closings were reported Friday in Bibb, Monroe, Jones or Twiggs counties, according to emergency officials.

Interim Bibb County Emergency Management Director LaTravius Smith said with the ground saturated by rain, it’s possible more rain could loosen tree roots.

Falling trees and downed power lines could become a concern, she said.

Writer Thomas L. Day contributed to this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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