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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

17 Feet

June 19-23, 1972

 

— Hurricane Agnes —

 
17 Feet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
1. 17 Feet Marker
Inscription.  
The red line above marks the highest known flood level at this location.

On June 20, 1972, Hurricane Agnes brought torrential rainfall to the Richmond region, with the flood crest occurring on June 23. At this spot, flood levels reached a height of 17 feet above ground, or 35.5 feet NAVD88. One of the costliest hurricanes to hit the U.S. in recorded history, Hurricane Agnes caused:

> Entire watersheds to reach record flood levels, including the James
> 13 local storm-related fatalities
> Over $140 million in local damage

 
Erected by Department of Public Utilities, City of Richmond; Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Norfolk District; National Weather Service; U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior; Virginia Department of Emergency Management; Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is June 20, 1972.
 
Location. 37° 
17 Feet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
2. 17 Feet Marker
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31.572′ N, 77° 25.228′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dock Street and Pear Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2803 Dock Street, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Ship Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Rocketts Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Great Ship Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Navy Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Great Ship Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Coffer Dams (within shouting distance of this marker); 28th St Draw Bridge / Great Shiplock Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocketts Landing and Wharf / Confederate Navy Yard / Powhatan’s Birthplace (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 22, 2022