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CBS6 on Flood Damaged Trails

A total of around 550 feet of trails have been damaged.




I haven’t been to Pony Pasture since the last flood but can testify to the damage on Belle Isle. Hopefully, there will be some great opportunities for volunteers to pitch in and help get the trails back in good shape.


When the James River crested at its highest level since 2010 last week, flooding caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to popular trails near the river, officials said. About 250 feet of trail on Belle Isle and 300 feet at Pony Pasture washed out and must be repaired.

“Hundreds of pounds of rock gets moved with the power of the river. It kind of puts it in perspective,” said Bryce Wilk, the new Superintendent of the James River Park System, during an interview near the Hollywood Rapids. “This was just all water when we first came to assess it.”

On February 25th, the river levels at the Richmond-Westham gorge increased at 16.2 feet. The last time the James was higher than that was January 2010, when it reached 18.1 feet.

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