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CULP 2010-011

Jan. 27, 2010



SOME SECONDARY ROADS STILL CLOSED BY HIGH WATER IN CENTRAL VA.
VDOT crews reopen roads as water recedes, flood damage is repaired

CULPEPER — At this hour 11 secondary roads in the Virginia Department of  Transportation’s Culpeper District remain closed due to high water from the weekend’s heavy rains. Roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene and Madison counties are still impassable. For an updated list of road closures and conditions on the Web visit www.511Virginia.org and click “Road Conditions.”

Even though most of the flooding has crested and high water has receded roads will remain hazardous as long as they are covered by water and motorists should heed the barricades and “Road Closed” signs.

VDOT crews continue to work across Piedmont Virginia to clear debris from roads and reopen those roads that flooded as small streams and creeks overflowed their banks. As the water recedes VDOT crews are checking the road surfaces, shoulders and culvert pipes and other structures to be sure they have not been damaged by the floodwaters. Other crews are repairing unpaved roads that were damaged by the heavy rains. In some cases the erosion is severe enough that it requires heavy equipment and additional gravel to restore the travel surface.

While the crews continue to clear and reopen roads affected by the heavy rain and high water VDOT is also preparing to respond to a forecast winter storm that may affect the region beginning Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

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