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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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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.