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CULP 2009-131

Dec. 9, 2009



SOME SECONDARY ROADS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER
Motorists urged to use caution; ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’


CULPEPER — Heavy rains across Central Virginia overnight have caused small streams to rise and closed a handful of secondary roads in Albemarle, Fauquier, Greene and Orange counties.

Motorists should be aware of water ponding in the roads this morning as rain continues to fall. Driving through standing water at high speed can cause hydroplaning and loss of control so drivers should reduce speed and increase following distance behind other vehicles.

Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation have been on duty overnight in the western areas of the Culpeper District, monitoring road conditions and treating the interstates and primary highways through the mountains to prevent icing. This morning no problems with slick roads are reported.

The sustained rainfall overnight has closed several secondary roads as creeks have overtopped small bridges crossing the water. The following roads are closed at this hour:

Albemarle County
Route 605 (Durrettes Ridge Road)
Route 640
Route 704 (Fortune Lane)
Route 713 (Scottsville Road)
Route 726

Fauquier County
Route 805 (Bealeton Road)

Greene County
Route 616 (Carpenters Mill Road)
Route 634 (Mutton Hollow Road)
Route 637 (Octonia Road)

Orange County
Route 602 (Old Office Road)
Route 608 (Catharpin Road)
Route 637 (Tomahawk Creek Road)

Real-time information about road closures due to high water and road conditions during winter storms is available on VDOT’s highway information Web site, www.511Virginia.org. Along with an interactive map that depicts traffic and weather conditions, VDOT’s statewide network of traffic cameras also provides live feeds of traffic conditions on major highways, including several in Central Virginia.

VDOT offers the following precautions for motorists driving during heavy rains that may cause roadway flooding:
• Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.
• Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.
• Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause loss of control due to hydroplaning.
• Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.
• If a flash flood warning is broadcast, seek high ground immediately.
• Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line.

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