|IMMEDIATE - 5 p.m. UPDATE
Lou Hatter (540) 717-2890
June 23, 2018
VDOT CREWS WORKING TO REPAIR FLOODED ROADS
Work will continue through the weekend, caution is still the word for drivers
CULPEPER — Repairs to roads damaged by the latest round of flooding are continuing across Central Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s initial damage assessments are that most of the damage was to unpaved roads as well as some areas where streams overflowed their banks and destroyed culvert pipes and bridge approaches.
As with the first round of storms in late May-early June, the majority of the damage was in Madison and Greene counties. At the height of the storm about 90 roads were closed in the nine counties in VDOT’s Culpeper District. Orange and Louisa County are reporting multiple roads closed due to river water backing up across the roads; those roads are expected to reopen when the water recedes.
As of this afternoon 56 roads remain closed across the district but some will reopen by this evening after grading and other repairs to the gravel surface are complete.
VDOT crews will work through the weekend to repair washed out roads to restore access for residents who were cut off by the storms. VDOT is working with local governments and emergency responders to identify those priority roads and make them passable as quickly as possible. As the water level drops crews are inspecting the roads and bridges that were flooded to ensure they are safe for travel before reopening them to traffic.
Although the water has receded in many places, there are some areas where roads are still covered with water. VDOT and other emergency response agencies remind drivers never to drive around barricades or 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. Drivers should also be alert for tree limbs, rocks and other debris deposited on the road shoulders by the swift-running water.
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