James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 4.93'
Flow: 4600 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 11:12pm
Low Tide: 5:36pm

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James River still above flood stage

March 26, 2012 3:22pm

Today’s T-D had a snippet on three people having to be rescued from the James yesterday. “The three had waded out in water that was between ankle-deep and knee-deep, but the water rose quickly before they could return, said Richmond Fire & EMS Lt. Robbie Hagaman. Rescue crews reached them shortly after 7 p.m. and brought them safely to shore.”

The river just west of Nickel Bridge looking north.

As much a sign of spring as blooming azaleas and dogwoods, these river rescues are extremely common this time of year. People just don’t seem to realize how fast the river can go from moving but manageable to frothing and angry. Check out the Westham Gauge to see how fast the river climbed since the weekend storms




About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?