Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
Rappahannock to be way up again Saturday morning
UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has now been issued for the region through 8 p.m.
ARCHIVED FLOODING PICTURES: View photos from the river flooding earlier this month.
Heavy rain predicted for Thursday evening into Friday afternoon will push the Rappahannock much higher for the second time in two weeks. The National Weather Service office in Sterling says the river should crest at 15.1 feet at City Dock around 8 Saturday morning. Flood stage is 18 feet. The river is already flowing higher due to Tuesday night’s heavy thunderstorms. A flash flood watch is in effect from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
On May 1, the river crested at just under 23 feet, flooding some riverside roads and homes after more than four inches of rain fell over several days. Check river levels here.
Here’s the impact of high water, as measured at the City Dock gauge:
At 53 feet, water reaches the higher bluffs in lower Fredericksburg, allowing it to move farther inland. At least 70 city blocks are flooded, with significant inundation of buildings occurring, with hundreds of structures and dozens of roads affected.
At 42 feet, a significant flood is occurring, with most all of Caroline Street underwater, along with Sophia Street and numerous cross streets between the two. At least 20 city blocks are flooded. Hundreds of buildings affected, and several homes are flooded on the Stafford side, farther inland. Water approaches Princess Anne Street in spots.
At 38 feet, Caroline Street is flooded between Amelia and Wolfe streets. All of Sophia Street is flooded. Dozens of buildings are flooded, including some homes.
At 22 feet, water reaches several buildings in Fredericksburg.
At flood stage of 18 feet, water reaches some parking lots near the river in the city, and two homes on Sophia Street are flooded.
At 14 feet, water approaches a couple homes in the flood plain on Sophia Street, and water begins to reach River Road on the east side of the river.
At 10 feet, water begins to encroach upon a basement in the flood plain around Fredericksburg.
At nine feet, water reaches the waterfront at City Dock.