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James River (VA) at Bremo Bluff Stage (ft)Highest Forecast: 15.3 ft 2:00PM May 24, 2018Forecast: 14.6 ft 8:00PM May 24, 2018Forecast: 14 ft 2:00AM May 25, 2018Forecast: 13.5 ft 8:00AM May 25, 2018Forecast: 13.1 ft 2:00PM May 25, 2018Forecast: 12.8 ft 8:00PM May 25, 2018Forecast: 12.6 ft 2:00AM May 26, 2018Forecast: 12.4 ft 8:00AM May 26, 2018Forecast: 12.3 ft 2:00PM May 26, 2018Forecast: 12.2 ft 8:00PM May 26, 2018Forecast: 12.2 ft 2:00AM May 27, 2018Forecast: 12.3 ft 8:00AM May 27, 2018BREV2(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (11:30AM May 24, 2018)Forecast (issued 10:07AM May 24)Flood Stage is 19 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 72 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the James River (VA) at Bremo Bluff are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 34
Moderate Flood Stage: 23
Flood Stage: 19
Action Stage: 15
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 44.80 ft on 06/22/1972
(2) 40.70 ft on 11/06/1985
(3) 39.10 ft on 08/20/1969
(4) 36.60 ft on 09/07/1996
(5) 34.50 ft on 09/19/1944
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.50 ft on 02/12/2018
(2) 23.00 ft on 05/26/2017
(3) 21.30 ft on 05/06/2017
(4) 19.70 ft on 03/07/2015
(5) 23.60 ft on 05/16/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 6.10 ft on 10/01/1941

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44.8 Flood of record.
40 Near record flood begins.
39 Water enters main floor of power plant.
34 Major flooding begins.
32 Water tops rail of mainline track in front of C&O RR Depot.
30.5 Water enters Hiters store, downtown Bremo Bluff.
30.2 Water reaches the road along the left bank & main line of C&O Railroad at power plant.
28.2 Hotel Bremo is flooded.
26.4 Water reaches some homes in the low lying parts of Bremo Bluff and merchants in downtown.
25 Overflow begins along the right bank.
24 Water reaches low ground between homes on Main Street and C&O Railroad Depot.
23 Moderate flooding begins.
22.8 Main street flooded to centerline of road.
21 Left bank at the gage begins to flood.
19 Flood stage -- minor flooding begins
16 Bankfull stage (left bank)
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Latitude: 37.708333° N, Longitude: 78.288611° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 19 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(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 29 191.44 210.44 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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