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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 Richmond-Westham are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - at Cartersville Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 22
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 28.62 ft on 06/23/1972
(2) 24.95 ft on 08/21/1969
(3) 24.77 ft on 11/07/1985
(4) 23.42 ft on 03/19/1936
(5) 22.65 ft on 04/27/1937
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 16.45 ft on 01/11/2024 (P)
(2) 13.11 ft on 07/17/2023
(3) 12.13 ft on 04/29/2023
(4) 10.74 ft on 02/15/2023
(5) 11.83 ft on 12/24/2022
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.00 ft on 09/22/1966
(2) 2.94 ft on 10/21/1968
(3) 2.94 ft on 10/10/1970
(4) 3.00 ft on 09/25/1936
(5) 3.00 ft on 09/17/1943
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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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32 River stage sensor operating limit
28.62 Flood of record during Hurricane Agnes.
27 Near record flooding begins.
23 Richmond City Water Filtration Plant endangered.
22 Major flooding begins. Downstream industries, shops and streets along the riverfront are flooded at and above this level.
18.2 CSX Railroad tracks flooded.
17 Water infiltrates several homes near the gage, downstream of the Huguenot Bridge.
16 Water is getting into the parking lot at Huguenot Flatwater Park and Pony Pasture. Additionally, portions of the Willow Oaks County Club is flooded. Sections of Riverside Drive are closed due to flooding.
15 Begin moderate flooding. Residences near gage threatened by flood waters.
14 Portions of Riverside Drive begin to flood.
13.5 Portions of Huguenot Flatwater park begin to flood.
13 Approximately 20 acres of lowland flooded in vicinity of gage.
12 Flood stage. Minor flooding along both banks. No damage at this level.

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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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Hydromet Outlook
24 Hour Hydrometerological 

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Significant Flood Outlook
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Flash Flood Guidance
Flash Flood 

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Water Resources, Observed precipitation, Radar, Tropical Weather, Climate,
Flood History, About the MARFC,
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