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Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 1.5 ft at 8:24PM Aug 13, 2017Observed: 2 ft at 8:49PM Aug 13, 2017Observed: 2.4 ft at 9:14PM Aug 13, 2017Observed: 2.7 ft at 9:49PM Aug 13, 2017Observed: 2.3 ft at 2:14AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.5 ft at 3:34AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.2 ft at 4:09AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.8 ft at 5:14AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.5 ft at 5:34AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.1 ft at 6:49AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.5 ft at 8:29AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.9 ft at 8:44AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 8:59AM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.5 ft at 3:29PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.1 ft at 4:24PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.6 ft at 5:19PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.2 ft at 7:39PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.6 ft at 8:24PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 0.9 ft at 8:49PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 9:04PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 1.7 ft at 9:14PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 2 ft at 9:39PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 2.4 ft at 10:04PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 2.7 ft at 10:49PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 3 ft at 11:19PM Aug 14, 2017Observed: 3.2 ft at 1:39AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.9 ft at 2:44AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.6 ft at 3:19AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.3 ft at 3:59AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2 ft at 4:24AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.6 ft at 5:04AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1 ft at 6:34AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 0.7 ft at 7:29AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 0.6 ft at 7:39AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1 ft at 9:29AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 9:49AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.7 ft at 10:09AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.1 ft at 10:29AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.4 ft at 10:49AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.7 ft at 11:29AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 3 ft at 11:39AM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 3.1 ft at 12:14PM Aug 15, 2017Highest Observation: 3.5 ft at 12:44PM Aug 15, 2017Highest Observation: 3.5 ft at 1:39PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 3.1 ft at 1:59PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.8 ft at 3:09PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 2.3 ft at 3:29PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.9 ft at 4:34PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.6 ft at 5:14PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 5:44PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1 ft at 6:24PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 0.5 ft at 7:39PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 0.8 ft at 9:14PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 9:44PM Aug 15, 2017Observed: 1.8 ft at 5:54AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 1.5 ft at 6:44AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 1.2 ft at 7:34AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.9 ft at 8:19AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.6 ft at 9:14AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.9 ft at 10:14AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 10:39AM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 1.8 ft at 5:24PM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 1.5 ft at 5:44PM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 1.2 ft at 6:09PM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.7 ft at 7:39PM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.2 ft at 8:49PM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.7 ft at 10:24PM Aug 16, 2017Observed: 0.9 ft at 8:24AM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 0.6 ft at 9:49AM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 0.3 ft at 10:39AM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 0.1 ft at 10:49AM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 0.2 ft at 10:59AM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 0.5 ft at 11:49AM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 0.9 ft at 12:19PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1.4 ft at 12:34PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1.7 ft at 6:29PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 2 ft at 6:39PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1.7 ft at 6:44PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1.6 ft at 7:39PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1.2 ft at 8:09PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1 ft at 11:24PM Aug 17, 2017Observed: 1.3 ft at 8:59AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 1 ft at 10:04AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 0.6 ft at 11:09AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 1.2 ft at 11:29AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 0.4 ft at 11:34AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 0.5 ft at 11:44AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 0.1 ft at 11:54AM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 0.1 ft at 12:04PM Aug 18, 2017Observed: 0.2 ft at 12:19PM Aug 18, 2017The Commonwealth of VirginiaFEDV2(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (5:53PM Aug 18, 2017)ObservedLatest observed value: 0.2 ft at 12:19 PM EDT 18-Aug-2017. Flood Stage is 13 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 26
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 13
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 42.60 ft on 10/16/1942
(2) 39.10 ft on 04/26/1937
(3) 39.10 ft on 06/22/1972
(4) 32.20 ft on 06/01/1889
(5) 27.20 ft on 05/23/1901
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 22.30 ft on 05/01/2014
(2) 14.40 ft on 04/18/2011
(3) 16.80 ft on 09/20/2003
(4) 18.10 ft on 03/21/1998
(5) 18.00 ft on 02/18/1998
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

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53 Water reaches the higher bluffs in lower Fredericksburg, allowing it to move further inland. At least 70 city blocks are flooded, with significant inundation of buildings occurring. Hundreds of structures and dozens of roads are affected.
42 A significant flood is occurring in Fredericksburg. Almost all of Caroline Street is underwater, along with Sophia Street, and numerous cross streets between the two. At least 20 city blocks are flooded. Hundreds of buildings are affected in Fredericksburg, and several homes are flooded on the east side of the river. Further inland from the river, water is approaching Princess Anne Street in spots. Water also approaches the Route 3 bridge over the river.
38 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg is flooded between Amelia and Wolfe streets. All of Sophia Street is flooded. Dozens of buildings are flooded, including some homes.
31 Water completely covers Sophia Street between Wolfe Street and Amelia Street. Numerous buildings are flooded in this area. Water also begins to approach homes on the east side of the river, including near Tylerton.
26 Water reaches several buildings in the City of Fredericksburg, along with multiple parking lots. The Fredericksburg City Dock is under nearly 15 feet of water.
22 Half the municipal lot on Sophia Street is closed. The Executive Plaza lot off Sophia Street also floods. The intersection of Naomi Road and Dairy Lane begins to flood.
20 Water reaches the municipal lot on Sophia Street. Naomi Road is flooded.
18 Water reaches some parking lots near the river in the city of Fredericksburg. Two homes on Sophia Street are flooded.
17 A home on River Road on the Stafford County side of the river is flooded.
15 Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg can no longer be accessed by car due to flooding.
14 Water begins to reach River Road on the east side of the river. The Old Mill Park Maintenance Facility is flooded.
13 Water enters a basement at a home near Fredericksburg City Dock. Old Mill Park begins to flood and will be closed. Water enters a guest house off Caroline Street.
10 City Dock in Fredericksburg is closed. Access to the dock and boat ramp are affected due to flooding.
8 Water reaches the waterfront at Fredericksburg City Dock.
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Latitude: 38.289722° N, Longitude: 77.449722° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 13 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 -1.4 ft 16.6 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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