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Local artist painting mural at Westwood Park Playground as part of cleanup day Saturday

Neighbors and volunteers will meet up in Westwood Park this Saturday to pull weeds, plant flowers and trim trees while local artist Hamilton Glass paints a mural across the playground pavement at Westwood Playground.

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One Near West End neighborhood is going to get a pop of color as part of a planned cleanup day this Saturday, July 29th.

Neighbors and volunteers will meet up in Westwood Park this Saturday to pull weeds, plant flowers and trim trees while local artist Hamilton Glass paints a mural across the playground pavement at Westwood Playground. Westwood, situated near Willow Lawn and Patterson Avenue, was originally settled by former slaves in the early 1870s.

The cleanup is sponsored by Chesapeake Bank (which maintains the grounds throughout the year and whose employees organized the effort), the Enrichmond Foundation, and Westwood Baptist Church.

History, tradition and community run deep in Westwood. Community leaders are devoted to preserving their little piece of town. As part of an overall effort to preserve the community, Westwood will soon hold elections for officials for the first time in many years.

The Westwood Park Cleanup Day takes place Saturday, July 29th from noon until 3:00 PM. Volunteers should meet at 5409 Marian Street.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Photos: Surfing Z Dam

Floodwaters bring out the skilled river riders to take to the waves at Z Dam. These photos were shot Saturday afternoon.

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Photos: An Angry James

The James was running at about 19 feet above flood stage on Friday. Here are a few snapshots.

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Training not rescuing

Training not rescuing

Training not rescuing

Training not rescuing

Wetlands living up to its name

Wetlands living up to its name

Wetlands living up to its name

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James River Predicted to Reach Record Level High on Friday

On Friday the river is expected to hit 19.1 feet the highest level in 24 years.

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The photo above is from last summer but you get the idea. This graph from the Westham Gauge tells the more accurate story but in a less visually dramatic way.

As you can see on Friday the river is expected to hit 19.1 feet the highest level in 24 years. Minor Flood stage is the orange band above and starts at 12 feet above 15 feet and you’re into Moderate range. It shouldn’t have to be said but if you go down to the river to check it out stay safe and observe from a good distance.

Update from James River Parks:

Due to projected river levels, JRPS will be closing the following areas:
Pony Pasture Parking Lot
Huguenot Flatwater Parking Lot
Portions of Belle Isle
Pipeline Trail
Please note that access to the river from Texas Beach Tower and 42nd Tower will be flooded.
Update from the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities:

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will activate the Dock Street and Brander Street flood walls as a cautionary measure in response to the heavy rainfall in the western parts of the James River Basin area.

The closure of the Dock Street gate will occur at noon today and will close Dock Street from 17th to 21st.  Traffic will be detoured up 21st Street to Cary Street or Main Street. The floodwall will re-open when water levels recede to a level safe to reopen Dock Street to traffic.

The closure of the Brander Street gate will occur by close of business today and will impact the entrance to the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and Ancarrow’s Landing.

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