If you plan to take the family to the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration this weekend, be prepared for a different parking plan.
High winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Irma knocked down about 70 large trees at the Ocmulgee National Monument, forcing park rangers to close the parking area for this weekend's Indian celebration.
“It's a matter of either we cancel the event or we clean up the main event area and park elsewhere,” said Jim David, the superintendent at the monument.
David says all trails are closed and that 16 men are cleaning up the mess left behind.
“I decided that my crew would work on clearing all of the trees that were down in the area where the event is going to take place. We did not have time to do that plus clean up the parking,” said David.
He says they're expecting 18,000 people to attend this weekend.
“We're going to get the people moved as fast as possible. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office also said that they are going to help our folks down there, keep an eye on the cars that are parked there, and we'll have those shuttles running and assisting people as fast as they can.”
There will be three shuttles leaving from the Macon Bibb County Health Department on both Saturday and Sunday. The shuttles are free and they start running at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.
Only service animals will be allowed at the festival. For more information, click here.