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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 Buchanan are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical Datum updated from NGVD29 to NAVD88 by gauge owner.

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Upstream Gauge - at Lick Run Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Holcomb Rock
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 26
Moderate Flood Stage: 21
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 38.84 ft on 11/05/1985
(2) 31.00 ft on 03/27/1913
(3) 30.49 ft on 06/22/1972
(4) 29.26 ft on 01/20/1996
(5) 26.80 ft on 03/18/1936
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.00 ft on 02/18/2023 (P)
(2) 13.38 ft on 02/13/2023 (P)
(3) 11.40 ft on 05/28/2022
(4) 11.71 ft on 02/05/2022
(5) 11.20 ft on 09/23/2021
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.26 ft on 09/14/1981
(2) 1.44 ft on 09/08/1966
(3) 1.46 ft on 01/09/1950
(4) 1.53 ft on 08/29/1964
(5) 1.55 ft on 09/30/1968
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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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22 Additional buildings upstream of gage, and farmland flooding begins in vicinity of the gage.
20 Farmlands and residential basements of buildings upstream (right bank) become flooded.
17 Right bank above gage and flats above town on left bank are inundated. Mostly agricultural lands affected.
16 Route 43 (Parkway Drive) is closed as water starts to reach the road.
6 Stages above 6 feet are considered too high for all but expert boaters.
4 Caution is suggested for James River boaters..between 4 and 6 feet.
2.4 Stages between 2.4 and 4 feet are considered ideal for boating activities.
2 Below this stage the river may be too low for boating activities.
(1) Upstream of James River from Rte. 11 bridge - June 24, 2016; stage ~19.5 ft.
(2) Downstream of James River from Rte. 11 bridge - June 24, 2016; stage ~19.5 ft.
(3) Upstream right bank; town of Buchanan, VA - June 24, 2016; stage ~19.5 ft.
(4) Route 43 in Buchanan closed by flooding from James R. - June 24, 2016; stage ~19.5 ft.
(5) Lowe St. in Buchanan flooded - June 24, 2016; stage ~19.5 ft.
(6) USGS gauge house on left bank of James - June 24, 2016; stage ~19.5 ft.
(7) USGS gauge house on left bank of James - June 24, 2016

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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)
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 48 hours.

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