UPDATED Street Closures Due to Cresting of James River

Due to an updated National Weather Service forecast of the James River water level, the closure time of several streets in the city of Richmond has changed. This change in street closure timing is due to anticipated flooding as the James River crests from heavy rains in the western portions of Virginia. The river is expected to reach flood stage around 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2010. The river is expected to crest at 20 feet above sea level tomorrow around 6 p.m.

If motorist encounter standing water on any street, they should not try to drive through it, as hidden obstacles may exist.

The following streets will close at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, and are expected to re-open at noon on Thursday, January 28:

North of the River:

Dock Street between 19th Street and Water Street

Water Street between Dock Street and Nicholson Street

Pear Street between Dock Street and East Cary Street

Ash Street between East Main Street and Water Street

Residents should not park their vehicles in any ground level parking lot that is adjacent to the closed section of Dock Street.

In addition to these street closures, the city recommends that residents avoid Belle Isle as well as Tredegar Street west of 5th Street.

South of the River:

Brander Street will close at the railroad crossing near the I-95 bridge.

In addition to this street closure, residents can expect flooding in the low-lying areas of Riverside Drive and Cherokee Road.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772