Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
July 12, 2013
TRAFFIC ALERT: RT. 29 SOUTH CLOSED AT OPAL IN FAUQUIER CO.
Detour in place; Rt. 28 also closed in Fauquier due to high water
CULPEPER – Route 29 south (Lee Highway) is closed at Opal in Fauquier County because of standing water in the road. Route 28 (Catlett Road) is also closed in both directions between Route 661 (Schoolhouse Road) and Route 29 because water has risen over the roadway.
A detour has been established for southbound Route 29 traffic at Opal. Traffic will use Route 651 (Lees Mill Road) to Route 687 (Opal Road) and back onto Route 29 south.
Heavy rain has fallen all night across Central Va. and five secondary roads are reported closed at this hour; two in Albemarle County and three in Fauquier County. With road conditions constantly changing, motorists are reminded that the Virginia Department of Transportation provides the most up-to-date information available about flooded roads at www.511Virginia.org. To access the list of flooded roads, look for the text views section of the site and search under road conditions for your locality.
To report downed trees or debris on state maintained roads, please contact VDOT’s customer service center at 1-800-367-7623. For emergencies, dial 911.
Drivers should use extreme caution while driving today, particularly in the early morning darkness. Motorists should allow extra time for travel and adjust speed and following distance to the weather and road conditions. Motorists are urged to observe the following precautions when driving during heavy rain:
• 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.
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