Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Oct. 29, 2012
SANDY MAKES PRESENCE KNOWN IN AREA
Motorists face high wind, snow and rain
Hurricane Sandy is making itself felt across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and may continue to do so for another 24 to 36 hours. The Lynchburg District is comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward.
VDOT crews in the Lynchburg District have gone into 24-hour operations today to deal with possible flooding or debris in the eastern part of the district, including Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties and possible significant wet snow mixing with rain in the highest elevations of Amherst and Nelson Counties in the northwest portion of the district.
Conditions could worsen overnight with an increase in wind and rain and a drop in temperatures. VDOT recommends limiting travel during the height of the storm, to use extreme caution and never attempt to driver through flood waters.
In addition, the windy conditions could result in downed trees and power lines, causing power outages. If you approach a traffic signal that is not working, use extreme caution and treat it as a four-way stop.
As conditions worsen, VDOT recommends drivers avoid travel when possible. Motorists are advised to tune in to local media for the latest weather information and to monitor local weather and traffic conditions before into a vehicle. Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.
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