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High river levels prompt water rescue calls

Posted at 9:26 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 21:26:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- High water levels on James River from recent heavy rains caused crews to respond to multiple water rescue calls Sunday afternoon.

Video shows one crew responding to a call at Pony Pasture in Richmond.

While no one was hurt, officials urged folks to stay out of the water when conditions are bad.

That will free up first responders to help with COVID-19 and other calls.

When James River levels are above nine feet, a water permit is required. A life jacket is mandatory when the river is five feet or higher.