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ALERT: December 13th update on the status of the nationwide data transmission error preventing stream gauge data collected at affected locations from being displayed on the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services (AHPS) webpages. As of 11/08/2018, The USGS has restored all impacted operational stream gauges to transmitting status. The status map of gauge outages from other agencies is here. This will be the last outage map posted as over 95% of the gauge outages have been restored. Local NWS offices will continue to monitor the remaining gauge outages.



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Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 2.5 ft at 1:35PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 2.2 ft at 2:25PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 1.8 ft at 3:15PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 1.4 ft at 4:50PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 1.1 ft at 6:36PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 1.4 ft at 7:00PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 1.8 ft at 7:25PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 2.1 ft at 7:45PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 8:15PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 2.9 ft at 8:55PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 3.2 ft at 10:25PM Dec 13, 2018Observed: 2.9 ft at 12:15AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.8 ft at 12:36AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.4 ft at 1:30AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2 ft at 2:10AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.6 ft at 3:55AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.3 ft at 5:00AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.2 ft at 5:15AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.1 ft at 5:30AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1 ft at 5:55AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1 ft at 6:20AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1 ft at 6:36AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.4 ft at 7:51AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.9 ft at 8:10AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.2 ft at 8:31AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.5 ft at 9:05AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.9 ft at 9:45AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 3.2 ft at 10:30AM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 12:36PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.8 ft at 1:55PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.5 ft at 2:45PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.2 ft at 3:35PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.8 ft at 4:40PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.4 ft at 5:50PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.4 ft at 6:36PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 1.8 ft at 8:10PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.1 ft at 8:25PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 9:00PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 2.9 ft at 9:55PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 3.3 ft at 11:05PM Dec 14, 2018Observed: 3.3 ft at 12:36AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 2:05AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 2:56AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 2.3 ft at 3:55AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 1.9 ft at 5:10AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 2.1 ft at 8:30AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 2.5 ft at 8:55AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 9:30AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 3.3 ft at 10:20AM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 3.6 ft at 12:10PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 3.7 ft at 12:36PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 3.8 ft at 1:00PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 4.1 ft at 5:30PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 4.4 ft at 5:55PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 4.8 ft at 6:15PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 5.1 ft at 6:36PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 5.7 ft at 6:55PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 6.1 ft at 7:15PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 6.4 ft at 7:30PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 6.7 ft at 7:45PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 7.1 ft at 7:55PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 7.4 ft at 8:05PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 7.8 ft at 8:25PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 8.5 ft at 8:51PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 8.9 ft at 9:10PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 9.3 ft at 9:25PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 9.8 ft at 9:50PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 10.1 ft at 10:15PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 10.5 ft at 10:25PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 10.8 ft at 10:55PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 11.2 ft at 11:20PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 11.6 ft at 11:50PM Dec 15, 2018Observed: 12 ft at 12:30AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 11.9 ft at 12:36AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 12.2 ft at 1:00AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 12.7 ft at 1:40AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 13.1 ft at 2:30AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 13.5 ft at 3:15AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 13.8 ft at 4:25AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.1 ft at 6:35AM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.4 ft at 12:00PM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.5 ft at 12:35PM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.8 ft at 3:35PM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.8 ft at 6:35PM Dec 16, 2018Highest Observation: 15.2 ft at 7:25PM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.8 ft at 8:35PM Dec 16, 2018Observed: 14.5 ft at 12:35AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 14.2 ft at 2:20AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 13.6 ft at 5:05AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 13.2 ft at 6:35AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 12.9 ft at 7:40AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 12.5 ft at 9:10AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 12.2 ft at 10:00AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 12.5 ft at 10:06AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 12.2 ft at 10:30AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 11.8 ft at 11:15AM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 11.4 ft at 12:25PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 10.7 ft at 2:00PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 10.4 ft at 2:35PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 10 ft at 3:20PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 9.7 ft at 4:00PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 9.2 ft at 4:40PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 8.8 ft at 5:20PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 8.5 ft at 6:20PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 8.5 ft at 6:35PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 7.5 ft at 9:05PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 7.1 ft at 9:55PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 6.8 ft at 11:00PM Dec 17, 2018Observed: 6.4 ft at 12:30AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 6.1 ft at 3:45AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5.7 ft at 6:00AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5.9 ft at 6:35AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5.5 ft at 7:40AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5.2 ft at 9:25AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 4.8 ft at 10:35AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5.1 ft at 10:55AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 4.8 ft at 11:05AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5.1 ft at 11:25AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 4.7 ft at 11:40AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 5 ft at 11:45AM Dec 18, 2018Observed: 4.8 ft at 12:35PM Dec 18, 2018Highest Forecast: 6.4 ft 7:00AM Dec 21, 2018The Commonwealth of VirginiaFEDV2(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (1:24PM Dec 18, 2018)ObservedForecast (issued 10:54AM Dec 18)Latest observed value: 4.8 ft at 12:35 PM EST 18-Dec-2018. 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) 25.20 ft on 06/24/2018
(2) 22.30 ft on 05/01/2014
(3) 14.40 ft on 04/18/2011
(4) 16.80 ft on 09/20/2003
(5) 18.10 ft on 03/21/1998
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

For more information on your flood risk go to www.floodsmart.gov.

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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

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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)
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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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