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James River expected to crest at more than 15 feet

December 8, 2011 · 0 minute read

Paddler alert! The Westham gauge is showing water levels in the James River at Richmond to be more that 14.5 feet, peaking at more than 15 feet on Friday.

An ordinance requires river-goers to wear a life jacket when the water level is above 5 feet and to obtain a permit when the level is 9 feet or higher. The law allows police to fine violators and can hold them responsible for the cost of a rescue, which deters some but not all.