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Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 3.1 ft at 4:01PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 2.8 ft at 4:46PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 2.5 ft at 5:56PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 2.2 ft at 7:16PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 2.3 ft at 7:36PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 8:41PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 2.9 ft at 9:01PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 3.6 ft at 9:46PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 3.9 ft at 10:21PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 4.3 ft at 11:51PM Sep 15, 2018Observed: 4.2 ft at 1:36AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.9 ft at 2:16AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.6 ft at 3:16AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.2 ft at 4:16AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.8 ft at 5:21AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.5 ft at 6:21AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.3 ft at 7:36AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2 ft at 8:41AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.3 ft at 9:11AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 9:41AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 9:56AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.3 ft at 10:16AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.7 ft at 10:51AM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 4 ft at 12:46PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 4 ft at 1:36PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.7 ft at 2:21PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.5 ft at 2:46PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 3:56PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3 ft at 4:16PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.7 ft at 5:46PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.4 ft at 7:21PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.4 ft at 7:36PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 2.7 ft at 9:21PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 9:46PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.5 ft at 10:11PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 3.8 ft at 10:51PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 4.1 ft at 11:51PM Sep 16, 2018Observed: 4.1 ft at 1:36AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.8 ft at 3:36AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.5 ft at 4:36AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 5:31AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 2.8 ft at 6:51AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 7:36AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 2.2 ft at 8:41AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 2.6 ft at 10:26AM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 4 ft at 1:11PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.8 ft at 1:36PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.4 ft at 7:26PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.5 ft at 7:36PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.2 ft at 8:16PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 2.8 ft at 9:06PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.5 ft at 11:31PM Sep 17, 2018Observed: 3.9 ft at 12:06AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 4.2 ft at 1:21AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 4.3 ft at 1:36AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 3.9 ft at 5:21AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 4.3 ft at 6:41AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 5 ft at 8:16AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 5.4 ft at 9:16AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 5.8 ft at 9:56AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 6.1 ft at 10:21AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 5.8 ft at 10:26AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 6.1 ft at 10:31AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 6.5 ft at 11:11AM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 7.3 ft at 12:36PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 7.7 ft at 1:06PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 7.3 ft at 1:11PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 7.9 ft at 1:21PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 7.8 ft at 1:36PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.6 ft at 2:11PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.1 ft at 2:16PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.4 ft at 2:36PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.7 ft at 3:26PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 9.1 ft at 4:36PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.7 ft at 5:46PM Sep 18, 2018Highest Observation: 9.2 ft at 5:51PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.9 ft at 6:01PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.9 ft at 7:36PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.6 ft at 10:11PM Sep 18, 2018Observed: 8.1 ft at 1:21AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 8.1 ft at 1:36AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 8.4 ft at 1:46AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 8.1 ft at 1:56AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 7.7 ft at 3:41AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 7.3 ft at 5:01AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 7.6 ft at 5:06AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 7.2 ft at 5:26AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 6.8 ft at 6:46AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 6.5 ft at 7:26AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 6.1 ft at 8:41AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 5.7 ft at 9:41AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 5.4 ft at 10:26AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 5.1 ft at 11:46AM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 4.7 ft at 12:56PM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 4.6 ft at 1:36PM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 4.3 ft at 5:36PM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 4 ft at 6:46PM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 3.8 ft at 7:36PM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 3.4 ft at 9:46PM Sep 19, 2018Observed: 3.7 ft at 12:41AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 4.1 ft at 1:11AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 4.1 ft at 1:36AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 4.5 ft at 2:36AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 4.1 ft at 5:26AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 3.8 ft at 7:36AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 3.4 ft at 9:36AM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 3.1 ft at 10:41AM Sep 20, 2018The Commonwealth of VirginiaFEDV2(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (3:27PM Sep 20, 2018)ObservedLatest observed value: 3.1 ft at 10:41 AM EDT 20-Sep-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 06/22/1972
(3) 39.10 ft on 04/26/1937
(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.

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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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