Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Rappahannock to rise near flood stage later today

Areas west of Fredericksburg received several inches of rain last night, so the Rappahannock  will be way up through this evening and into the early morning hours,  according to the National Weather Service’s Sterling forecast office. The latest projection has the river cresting at 15.8 feet at City Dock before 9 p.m. Food stage is 18 feet. 

At nine feet, water reaches the waterfront at City Dock. At 14 feet, water approaches several homes in the flood plain on Sophia Street and begins to reach River Road on the east side of the river in Stafford. At 18 feet, water covers some parking lots near the river, and two homes on Sophia Street are flooded. Click here for more details on the Rappahannock’s rise.

According to the University of Mary Washington weather station, Fredericksburg received about nine-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday and through this morning.