Years ago, in a former life, I wrote a column for the Times-Dispatch about taking in the grandeur of a James River flood in Richmond. I remember getting a lot of responses to that piece. Going down to places like Pony Pasture or Reedy Creek or the Pipeline during high-water events seemed to resonate with people, and it’s is still one of my favorite things to do — which is why I offer the below as a public service announcement. If you’ve never seen the river rushing over the Pipeline during a flood or taken in its power from the Floodwall or Belle Isle, this is a very good chance. There are only a few of these a year.