Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Sept. 25, 2015
VDOT PREPARES FOR HEAVY RAIN, POTENTIAL FLOODING
Motorists are encouraged to check 511Virginia to view road conditions, road closures
FREDERICKSBURG – With heavy rain forecast to fall throughout the weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will have crews monitoring weather and road conditions in the 14-county Fredericksburg District for high water and potential flooding.
Motorists could encounter closed roads and standing water in coastal and low-lying areas.
VDOT crews have prepared equipment to respond to flooded roads and to post detour routes as needed.
Real-time listings of road closures in Virginia are available on VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, 511Virginia.
Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
Motorist Driving Tips
Drivers should use caution while traveling through low-lying areas or on roads that are prone to flooding.
• Just like in winter weather, try to keep a little more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Four to five seconds is a good rule.
• Watch for debris in the roadway, such as downed trees or limbs.
• Watch and be prepared for spray from larger vehicles like trucks.
• Never drive through standing water. This could cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle.
• If you come across a flooded road that has not been barricaded, turn around and use an
alternate route. There is no way to tell if flooded roads have been washed out by swift-moving waters.
• Do not try to move or drive around a barricade.
• If you come across a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Stay away and contact your local authorities.
To report debris or a roadway hazard, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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