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IMMEDIATE - 10:30 a.m. UPDATE

Will Merritt 540-829-7370
William.Merritt@vdot.virginia.gov

CULP 2018-051

June 23, 2018



FLOOD CLEANUP CONTINUES IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA
81 roads still closed; VDOT begins repairing road and damage assessments

CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are out in force this morning to begin repairs to roads damaged by the torrential rains and flooding of the past several days. For the second time in less than a month Greene and Madison counties were hard hit, but multiple roads are also closed in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange and Rappahannock counties.

As of 10:15 a.m., 81 roads remain closed in Central Virginia. Some of those roads will likely reopen later today as water levels fall and VDOT inspects the flooded sections to make sure they are safe for travel.

Crews are making repairs as quickly as possible, with priority given to roads and bridges that provide the only access to residents on the far side of the damaged structure. VDOT cautions drivers that many of the repairs are temporary, such as gravel sections on paved roads and on bridge approaches that washed out.

Motorists should be alert and reduce speed while driving on roads affected by the surging rivers, especially in the areas where temporary repairs were made and where tree limbs, rocks, broken pavement and other debris deposited by the floodwaters are on the road shoulders.

VDOT reminds motorists never to drive around closure barricades. As recovery and reconstruction efforts continue, VDOT asks that people not drive into affected areas unless they have a need to be there. Unnecessary vehicles are a distraction for the crews working and drivers may put themselves and their passengers in danger.

Drivers should check www.511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for updated information about the road closures and follow @VaDOTCULP on Twitter for updates.

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