Flooding Expected in Middle Ga. This Weekend | Families
A flood watch has been posted for all of Middle Georgia. The watch goes into effect on Friday afternoon, and remains in effect through Saturday evening.
Periods of heavy rain will continue through Saturday. Rain amounts around 2" can be expected across north Georgia (and for metro Atlanta) with totals closer to 4" across Middle Georgia.
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This watch is only for the first round of heavy rain expected to begin the weekend. A second round of potentially heavy rain may add an additional 1-2" over the watch area Sunday night into Monday. This may require an additonal watch to be issued.
Localized flash flooding will be possible if the heavy rain repeatedly moves over the same area. Storm drains, ditches, and low lying areas my become quickly clogged with debris causing extensive street flooding.
Widespread minor flooding of the larger creeks and rivers is most likely to occur with the expected heavy rain. This would include the Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, and Oconee River basins and their associated tributaries, mainly south of Atlanta and Athens.
The Ocmulgee River has fallen below flood stage at all locations in Middle Georgia.
At 5:30 a.m. the river at Macon had a stage of 9.44 feet and rising. Flood stage is 18 feet.
At 4:45 a.m. the river in Hawkinsville had a stage of 9.16 feet and falling. Flood stage is 20 feet.
At 5:45 a.m. the river in Abbeville had a stage of 11.37 feet and falling. Flood stage is 12 feet.