|IMMEDIATE - 4:30 p.m.
Lou Hatter (540) 717-2890
May 31, 2018
RT. 33 OVER SWIFT RUN GAP WILL REMAIN CLOSED OVERNIGHT
Mudslide cleanup continues; throughout Greene County multiple roads and bridges damaged
CULPEPER — Route 33 (Spotswood Trail) will be closed until at least Friday morning as cleanup from mudslides on the mountain pass continues. The road, which traverses Shenandoah National Park across Swift Run Gap in Greene County, was closed early Thursday after the slopes gave way in five locations, pushing mud and debris across the road.
Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation worked all day to remove the mud, repair damage and restore roadside ditches to route the water off the roadway. In several places water continues to flow from the slide areas, which heightens concerns about additional slides.
There was significant damage across Greene County from the storm, which the National Weather Service radar estimated dropped seven to nine inches of rain overnight, with the highest rainfall in the west near the Blue Ridge Mountains. VDOT has not been able to complete a damage assessment of all roads and bridges since floodwaters still cover some of the structures and roadways.
Flooding was also reported in Albemarle and Madison counties, although it was not as widespread or severe. VDOT crews will continue working overnight to make repairs in Greene County, with priority given to roads and bridges that provide the only access to residents on the far side of the damaged structures.
With more rain in the forecast for the next several days, VDOT and other emergency response agencies remind drivers never to drive through water flowing across a roadway. Six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet; 12 inches will sweep a car off the roadway. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.
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