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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the James River (VA) at Cartersville are issued routinely year-round.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Richmond-Westham
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 26.4
Moderate Flood Stage: 23
Flood Stage: 20
Action Stage: 15
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 37.87 ft on 06/22/1972
(2) 33.75 ft on 08/21/1969
(3) 32.60 ft on 11/06/1985
(4) 29.60 ft on 09/20/1944
(5) 28.96 ft on 09/07/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 17.57 ft on 07/16/2023 (P)
(2) 15.14 ft on 04/29/2023 (P)
(3) 24.12 ft on 11/13/2020
(4) 15.43 ft on 03/22/2019
(5) 21.27 ft on 02/25/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.02 ft on 09/13/1966
(2) 0.02 ft on 09/14/1966
(3) 0.10 ft on 09/22/1932
(4) 0.10 ft on 10/05/1930
(5) 0.10 ft on 10/02/1941
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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45 River stage sensor operating limit
34.35 Stage of the 100 year flood.
32.26 Stage of the 50 year flood.
30 Flood waters overtop the railroad tracks on the left hand side of the river approximately 1/4 of a mile from the river bank. Access to the Cartersville Bridge, VA Route 45 is cut off from north side.
29 Overflow on left bank reaches railroad bed. 7-9 feet of water over the flood plain on left bank of river and downstream.
26.4 Major flooding begins. Many secondary roads flooded.
23.5 Cartersville Boat landing parking lot and boat ramp on righthand side of the river and 200 ft downstream of State Route 45 bridge is flooded.
23 Moderate flooding begins. Secondary roads parallel to left bank of river flood.
21 Approach to old highway bridge and portions of the farm land on the left hand side of the river are flooded.
20 Minor flooding begins. Overflow onto flood plain along left bank.

Other Real-time and/or Archive Data Sources:

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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
Used to Estimate the Chance of Flooding and the Range of Possible River Levels
10 Day (HEFS) 10 Day (NAEFS) 10 Day (GEFS)
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble  GEFS Ensemble 

Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

See the Product Description Document link for more details on the interpretation of the 7,10 day graphics. 

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Gage Photos

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Hydromet Outlook
24 Hour Hydrometerological Outlook Link to Graphic
Hydro Forecast Discussion
Hydrologist's Forecast Discussion
Significant Flood Outlook
Significant River Flood Outlook Link to Graphic
Flash Flood Guidance
Flash Flood Guidance Link to Graphic

Additional Water and Weather Topics from the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center (MARFC):
MARFC Home Page, Current Hazards, Current Conditions James River, Current Conditions Appomattox River,
Water Resources, Observed precipitation, Radar, Tropical Weather, Climate,
Flood History, About the MARFC,
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