Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 10, 2011
VDOT PREPARES FOR HEAVY RAIN, FLOODING
Crews are monitoring roads, responding to incidents
FREDERICKSBURG – With heavy rain forecast to fall throughout the day, the Virginia Department of Transportation has crews monitoring road conditions in the Fredericksburg area for high water and potential flooding.
Motorists should be prepared to encounter closures or standing water on roads in low-lying areas and near bodies of water. Extra travel time may be necessary if an alternate route is needed.
Barricades, barrels and signs have already been staged by VDOT at the following primary and secondary roads where they may be needed for potential road closures:
● Route 1, multiple locations
● River Road (Route 607)
● Harrell Road (Route 623)
● Colebrook Road (Route 1638)
● Belle Plains Road (Route 604)
● Hope Road (Route 687)
● Mountain View Road (Route 627)
● Shelton Shop Road (Route 648)
● Winding Creek Road (Route 628)
● Decatur Road (Route 635)
● Brooke Road (Route 608)
Real-time listings of road closures in Virginia due to flooding are available on VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. Road closures, including all secondary road closures, will be listed by county.
Motorists can also access 511Virginia by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.
VDOT encourages motorists to take additional precautions when driving in 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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