James River hits highest level in nearly a decade

Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 10:43:44-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Heavy rain Friday and Saturday has flooded the James River.

The river level at the Richmond-Westham gauge crested at 16.2 feet on Monday. The last time the river was higher was January 27, 2010 when it crested at 18.1 feet.

James River Association’s Community Conservation Manager Justin Doyle called the flooding an "exceptional high water event."

Doyle added it was the first time he'd witnessed the Virginia Capital Trail underwater from Rocketts Landing to Great Shiplock Park.

Portions of the marina dock at Rocketts Landing were damaged as water rose.

"Water up this high is definitely abnormal. Water above the city dock and into the roadway is abnormal," Max Walraven, owner of the Richmond Yacht Basin, said.

Walraven visited the area to assess the damage and search for sunken boats.

"For the novice boater you don’t want to come out here," he said. "If you’re not used to these kinds of currents definitely not."

As the sun set, Richmonders visited to capture the high waters on their cell phones.

"We wanted to see if for ourselves," Tom Jones stated. "I don’t think I've seen the river this high before. The bridge past the warehouse -- I've never seen water even get close to the bottom of that thing and now it’s covered over."

Jones and his wife have lived in Richmond with their dog Chorizo for the past 10 years.

"We've had dinner up here at The Boathouse and couldn’t really hear the river at all. Now, it’s pretty rippin'," he explained.



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