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James River Rages to Historic Level

Andy Thompson

February 25, 2019 8:41am

The James River is absolutely thundering through Richmond right now. If you haven’t been down to a bridge or (what used to be) the water’s edge, do it today. Why go check out this flood specifically? After all, the James has been plenty high many times this past monsoon-feeling year. Well, because this one is especially big.

I was looking back through the recent crests of the James River measured at the Westham Gauge and found that if the river reaches its predicted crest of 15.9 feet this evening, that would be the highest it’s risen since January 27, 2010, when it hit 18.1 feet. As of this writing, the river is coursing past Westham at 15.68 feet.

In other words, it’s been almost a decade since the James River has been as high as it will be this afternoon. That’s a spectacle you don’t want to miss!

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?