UPDATE: James River forecast to peak above 9 feet

Click for the Westham gauge

James River levels have risen almost two feet in the past 48 hours at the Westham gauge, which is located on the north side of the river near the Huguenot Bridge in western Henrico County. As of 8 a.m. Friday, water levels were up to 5.22 feet and the peak is forecast to be 11.8 feet at 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Flood stage is 12 feet. Forecasts are always being adjusted and the peak may continue to drop.

  • 3.61 at 8 a.m. Wednesday
  • 4.8 at 8 a.m. Thursday
  • 5.22 at 8 a.m. Friday
  • 11.1 at 8 a.m. Saturday (forecast)
  • 8.4 at 8 a.m. Sunday (forecast)

If you go to the river, watch for fast-moving rapids and debris. The river hasn’t had much movement in weeks and plenty of driftwood will be floating downriver today. Life jackets are required at 5 feet and you must have a license to be on the river above 9 feet.

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