State and federal officials are using these final days before the Atlantic hurricane season begins Saturday to urge Georgians at along the coast and beyond to prepare. NOAA forecasters are predicting an above-average season with 13 to 20 named storms and six major hurricanes.
Authorities say a wastewater treatment plant in south Georgia has resumed normal operations after it was shut down due to flood waters. Crews were able to bring the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant in Valdosta back online Sunday afternoon.
Forecasters say the Ogeechee River remained above flood level in coastal Georgia, but was expected to begin receding Monday afternoon. The water level was at 13.64 feet early Sunday afternoon. Flood stage is 9 feet.
Authorities shut down a south Georgia wastewater treatment plant as a river flooded critical buildings and structures. Valdosta city officials said power at the plant was shut down Thursday to prevent further damage to equipment and control systems.
The National Weather Service said the flood watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. It covers parts of north Georgia and all of central Georgia. Forecasters at the weather service said rainfall amounts of 4 inches can be expected in central Georgia.
Forecasters say the Ocmulgee River in the Macon area is projected to rise even higher than first thought. The National Weather Service said the river was at 20.7 feet -- and rising -- at 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Forecasters have issued a flood warning for the Ocmulgee River in Macon. The river is forecast to rise above its 18-foot flood stage by Tuesday night and continue to rise to near 19.4 feet by early Thursday afternoon.
Forecasters say a storm system approaching Georgia will bring the threat of widespread damaging winds and isolated tornadoes to the state. Forecasters say a squall line capable of the damaging weather is expected to move through the state throughout the day Wednesday.
Augusta city leaders are expected to consider a new stormwater fee aimed at preventing flooding from heavy rains that sent untreated sewage into waterways and damaged homes in the city. Augusta commissioners are expected to discuss the new fee on Monday.