If you live in Georgia, I don’t need to tell you that it’s raining. We’ve had three river flow peaks above 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the Jackson USGS gauge since January 18. I’ve learned that many floodplain areas adjacent to the Ocmulgee in Jasper County flood at around 10,000 cfs, so at 20,000 cfs everything near the river and many tributary basins is underwater. Many of the tributary fords near the river remain uncrossable by foot or bike even down to 5000 cfs or slightly below. So it’ll be a little while until the trail system is back to normal. Also, each flood deposits about 1/8″ of mud minimum on the floodplain. So with three floods in 6 weeks, there is probably between 1/4″ and 1/2″ of silty mud film on the ground in many areas that will take a while to dry out and become unslick.

The floodplain near Crowe Branch at about 25,000 cfs
White Creek at about 10,000 cfs
Long Branch Ford at 5000 cfs

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