Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
July 12, 2013
TRAFFIC ALERT: RT. 29 SOUTH REOPENED NEAR OPAL AS WATER RECEDES
Rt. 28 in Fauquier Co. also reopened between Rt. 29 and Rt. 661
CULPEPER – Route 29 south (Lee Highway) has reopened near Opal in Fauquier County. Route 28 (Catlett Road) has also reopened to traffic between Route 661 (Schoolhouse Road) and Route 29. Both roads were closed early this morning because deep standing water had covered the roadways.
Heavy rain has fallen all night across Central Va. and several secondary roads are reported closed at this hour in Albemarle, Fauquier and Madison counties. 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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