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James River near Columbia Stage (ft)Highest Observation: 9.28 ft at 12:45PM Sep 26, 2022Highest Observation: 9.28 ft at 1:00PM Sep 26, 2022Highest Observation: 9.28 ft at 1:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.25 ft at 1:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.25 ft at 1:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.25 ft at 2:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.25 ft at 2:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.25 ft at 2:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.25 ft at 2:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 3:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 3:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 3:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 3:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 3:46PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 4:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 4:01PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 4:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 4:16PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 4:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.23 ft at 4:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.24 ft at 5:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.23 ft at 5:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.23 ft at 5:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.23 ft at 5:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.22 ft at 6:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.22 ft at 6:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 6:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.22 ft at 6:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.22 ft at 7:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.22 ft at 7:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 7:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 7:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 8:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 8:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 8:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 8:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.2 ft at 9:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.21 ft at 9:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.2 ft at 9:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.2 ft at 9:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.2 ft at 10:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.2 ft at 10:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.2 ft at 10:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 10:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 11:00PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 11:15PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 11:30PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 11:45PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 11:46PM Sep 26, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 12:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 12:01AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 12:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 12:16AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.19 ft at 12:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.18 ft at 12:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.18 ft at 1:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.18 ft at 1:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.18 ft at 1:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.18 ft at 1:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 2:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 2:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 2:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 2:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 3:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 3:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.17 ft at 3:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 3:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 4:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 4:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 4:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 4:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 5:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.16 ft at 5:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 5:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 5:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 6:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 6:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 6:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 6:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 7:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 7:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.14 ft at 7:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 7:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.15 ft at 8:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.14 ft at 8:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.14 ft at 8:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.14 ft at 8:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.14 ft at 9:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.13 ft at 9:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.13 ft at 9:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.13 ft at 9:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.13 ft at 10:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.13 ft at 10:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 10:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 10:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 11:00AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 11:15AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 11:30AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 11:45AM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 12:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 12:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 12:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.12 ft at 12:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 1:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 1:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 1:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 1:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 2:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 2:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.11 ft at 2:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 2:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 3:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 3:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 3:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 3:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 4:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 4:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 4:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 4:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 5:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.1 ft at 5:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 5:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 5:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 6:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 6:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 6:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.08 ft at 6:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 7:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 7:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 7:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 7:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.09 ft at 8:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.08 ft at 8:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.08 ft at 8:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.08 ft at 8:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.08 ft at 9:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 9:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.08 ft at 9:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 9:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 10:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 10:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 10:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 10:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 11:00PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.07 ft at 11:15PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 11:30PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 11:45PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 11:46PM Sep 27, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 12:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 12:01AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 12:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 12:16AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.06 ft at 12:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 12:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 1:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 1:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 1:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 1:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 2:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 2:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 2:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.05 ft at 2:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 3:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 3:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 3:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 3:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 4:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 4:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 4:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 4:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.04 ft at 5:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.03 ft at 5:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.03 ft at 5:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.03 ft at 5:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.03 ft at 6:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.03 ft at 6:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.03 ft at 6:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 6:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 7:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 7:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 7:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 7:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 8:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 8:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 8:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 8:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 9:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 9:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 9:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 9:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 10:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 10:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 10:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 10:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.02 ft at 11:00AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 11:15AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 11:30AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 11:45AM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 12:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.99 ft at 12:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9 ft at 12:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9.01 ft at 12:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9 ft at 1:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 9 ft at 1:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.99 ft at 1:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.99 ft at 1:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.99 ft at 2:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.98 ft at 2:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.97 ft at 2:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.98 ft at 2:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.97 ft at 3:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 3:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 3:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 3:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 3:46PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 4:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 4:01PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 4:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 4:16PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.96 ft at 4:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.95 ft at 4:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.95 ft at 5:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.95 ft at 5:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.95 ft at 5:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.95 ft at 5:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.93 ft at 6:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.93 ft at 6:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.92 ft at 6:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.93 ft at 6:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.92 ft at 7:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.92 ft at 7:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.92 ft at 7:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 7:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 8:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 8:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 8:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 8:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 9:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 9:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 9:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 9:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.91 ft at 10:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.9 ft at 10:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.9 ft at 10:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.9 ft at 10:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.9 ft at 11:00PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.9 ft at 11:15PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.9 ft at 11:30PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 11:45PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 11:46PM Sep 28, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 12:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 12:01AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 12:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 12:16AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 12:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.88 ft at 12:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.89 ft at 1:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.88 ft at 1:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.88 ft at 1:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.88 ft at 1:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.87 ft at 2:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.88 ft at 2:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.87 ft at 2:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.86 ft at 2:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.86 ft at 3:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.86 ft at 3:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.86 ft at 3:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.86 ft at 3:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.86 ft at 4:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.85 ft at 4:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.85 ft at 4:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.85 ft at 4:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.85 ft at 5:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.83 ft at 5:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.83 ft at 5:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.84 ft at 5:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.83 ft at 6:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.83 ft at 6:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.83 ft at 6:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.82 ft at 6:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.82 ft at 7:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.8 ft at 7:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.81 ft at 7:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.81 ft at 7:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.82 ft at 8:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.81 ft at 8:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.82 ft at 8:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.81 ft at 8:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.81 ft at 9:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.8 ft at 9:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.79 ft at 9:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.78 ft at 9:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.78 ft at 10:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.8 ft at 10:15AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.79 ft at 10:30AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.79 ft at 10:45AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.78 ft at 11:00AM Sep 29, 2022Observed: 8.78 ft at 11:15AM Sep 29, 2022USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesCMBS2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:30PM Sep 29, 2022)ObservedLatest observed value: 8.78 ft at 11:15 AM CDT 29-Sep-2022. Flood Stage is 13 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the James River near Columbia 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: 18
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 13
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 19.81 ft on 07/16/2011
(2) 19.73 ft on 04/24/2009
(3) 19.08 ft on 04/18/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 18.75 ft on 11/12/2019
(2) 18.96 ft on 04/21/2019
(3) 15.22 ft on 04/24/2018 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.

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20 The water begin to flow over Brown County Hwy 16 south of the gauge
19.64 The water overtops the levee at the park in Columbia. Also 120th Street, Dakota Avenue, and Larson Road are flooded
19.5 The river reaches the top of the levee at the park in Columbia. Also 400th Avenue, 123rd Street, and Tacoma Loop are flooded
19.3 396th Avenue begins to flood
18.5 The water reaches the bottom of the bridge at the gauging location on Brown County 16
18 117th St between 395th and 400th Ave is flooded
17 Water reaches the base of the levee at the Columbia Park
15 Significant amounts of agricultural lands are flooded
13 Flooding of the lower lying agricultural areas begins
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Latitude: 45.603611° N, Longitude: 98.310000° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
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 1273.91 1286.91 Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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