Although President Barack Obama recently signed a law to roll back some rate increases meant to shore up the troubled National Flood Insurance Program, thousands of Georgia homeowners can count on paying increasing flood insurance premiums each year--though perhaps less than they originally feared.
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.
The Altamaha River drains a quarter of the state, stretching from Atlanta and Macon to Darien on the coast. It’s been an engine for economic activity since Native Americans and early settlers used it to travel to inland Georgia.