Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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River’s up

The river earlier this afternoon, across from Lauck's Island.

Rain yesterday and early today has the Rappahannock running high and muddy, again. According to the National Weather Service,   the river reached 9.6 feet at the City Dock at 3 p.m., and  is still slowly rising.  Flood stage there is 18 feet.  At nine feet, the water reaches the dock area; at 10 feet, it begins to encroach on the riverbank.  According to a weather gauge at the University of Mary Washington, the city got .93 inches of rain through this morning. For river levels at City Dock, click here.  Photographer Pete Cihelka shot the picture.