RICHMOND, Va. — Those who enjoy the James River will need to be aware of rising waters over the next few days, and take appropriate action.
Water traveling downriver from flooded West Virginia will hit the James River this weekend and create a large jump in river levels.
Over the next 24 hours the James River water level will double; it is expected to rise from almost 5 feet and crest at 12.5 feet by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
By law, when water levels reach five feet and above at the Westham gauge (on the river left just upstream of the Huguenot Bridge) everyone on the river must wear a lifejacket.
The James River is already currently right under that level. By Saturday morning at lifejacket will be required.
When water levels are at nine feet or above, no one is allowed on the river without a high water permit.
To get a high water permit from Fire Station 13 at 411 E. Commerce Rd., call 804-646-8296.