RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The river was raging near Pony Pasture around eight this morning. As the water roared, signs pointed out the danger. Don't go in the water unless you have a permit.
David Lynch lives near Riverside Drive and runs along the James a few times a week. He wasn't expecting this today.
"It actually did surprise me this morning when I came down. I knew we had considerable rain, but I didn't think it was going to go up this high, it usually means that we had a lot more rain to the west and it's coming down the river," said Lynch.
Western rains are affected the local James and Lynch's morning run. He couldn't go as far along the path as he usually does.
"Once you get into Pony Pasture, a lot of the trails are down toward the river and in some cases even the parking lot gets flooded," he said.
We also ran into Gilpin Brown as he watched for a blue heron he spotted while driving.
"I live near here and I come down to the river quite often just to take pictures of wildlife and the river," said Brown.
It was the same story all across the metro area. Boats rocked at Rockett's Landing, and the water flowed fast at Brown's Island. Things are actually worse west of town, and locals know it could be a lot worse here too.
"It's not the highest I've ever seen it. I've seen it come up and over the roads on a number of occasions," said Lynch.