Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Sept. 6, 2011
FLOODING REPORTED ON SECONDARY ROADS IN CENTRAL VA.
Motorists urged to drive with caution, check 511 for latest weather, road conditions
CULPEPER — Almost a dozen secondary roads are closed this morning due to high water in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District. At this hour the closures include roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Louisa and Orange counties.
The heavy rain is expected to continue through the day and flash flood watches are posted for Central Virginia through Tuesday. VDOT anticipates that more roads will close as small streams and creeks overflow their banks. VDOT crews will monitor the situation and close roads as the water rises.
Motorists are warned to expect to encounter high water and flooded roadways as they travel today and tomorrow, especially on secondary roads in low-lying areas and near small creeks and streams. Water crossings on secondary roads are also vulnerable to flooding. In those areas water may rise quickly and motorists should be alert for rising water.
Motorists should check VDOT’s traffic and travel web site, www.511virginia.org, for the latest information about road conditions, including which roads are closed. All road closures, including secondary roads, are listed by county. Some roads may remain closed after the water recedes because of flood-related damage.
VDOT also urges drivers to observe the following precautions when traveling during heavy rain or flood conditions:
- 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. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.
- 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.
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 800-367-ROAD (367-7623) 24 hours a day to report highway-related problems or request information about Virginia’s highways.
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