Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Nov. 12, 2009
VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO PLAN AHEAD AND USE CAUTION AS TROPICAL STORM MOVES THROUGH VIRGINIA
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Fact sheet: Driving in the rain (PDF, 52 KB)
RICHMOND — Residents’ safety is the top priority for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews as Tropical Storm Ida moves through the commonwealth.
The agency urges motorists to use caution and use 511 to plan ahead before attempting to travel, particularly in coastal and southern areas of the state experiencing heavy rains and flooding.
Though crews are working to keep roads open and safe, VDOT may be required to close roads, tunnels and ferry services due to flooding.
Motorists should call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org to get the latest road closures anywhere in the state.
VDOT has also provided safety information on its Web site www.VirginiaDOT.org, including a video with tips on driving safely in the rain.
Drivers should use extreme caution while traveling throughout the commonwealth during the next few days, especially in low-lying areas or on roads that are prone to flooding.
- Never to drive through standing water, as you might lose control of your vehicle.
- Rapidly rising water could engulf your vehicle and sweep it away. According to the National Weather Service, two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.
- Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are automobile-based.
- There is no way to tell if flooded roads have been washed out by swift-moving waters.
- If you come across a flooded road that has not been barricaded, turn around and use an alternate route.
For more information, visit:
- For the latest on road conditions, flooding information and road closures, visit www.511Virginia.org.
- For a comprehensive list of statewide road closures updated throughout the day, visit http://511virginia.org/RoadConditions.aspx?j=All&r=6.
- For VDOT’s video about safe driving in high water, visit http://www.youtube.com/vdotweb.
- www.vaemergency.com – general hurricane and storm information, status of Virginia response efforts and the latest information about storm damage and response statewide.
- Call the Highway Helpline, 800-367-ROAD, to report flooded roads or road damage.
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