FLOOD WARNING: James River on the rise after heavy rain upstream
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – If you cross over or spend any time near The James River today, you’ll notice it rising rapidly and likely carrying debris downstream.
Because of heavy rainfall (3″+) this week upstream, The Mighty James will rise above Moderate Flood Stage Thursday morning. This is the river forecast as of Wednesday morning, but CLICK HERE for the updated forecast.
A Flood Warning is in effect for The James River from around Cartersville to Richmond, including at Richmond Locks. The River Level there near Downtown Richmond is expected to reach Minor Flood Stage Thursday afternoon, with an expected peak shy of 11 feet (which is when water enters Dock Street).
New Flood Watches are also in effect for much of western and parts of central Virginia through Wednesday afternoon.
Remember, once the James rises above nine feet, a permit is required to be in or on the river. The level is already above five feet, which is when life jackets are required by law.
In Richmond at Moderate Flood Stage (15 feet), residences near the gauge under the Huguenot Bridge will get about a foot to a foot and a half of water on their driveways, but homes will not be threatened.