Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Oct. 3, 2015
VDOT CREWS RESPOND TO IMPACTS FROM HEAVY RAINFALL
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews continue to respond to impacts from heavy rainfall across the state.
Seventy-eight roads are closed, mostly in the Salem and Lynchburg districts, due to high water. Seven secondary roads are washed out, one in Loudoun County and the rest in southwestern Virginia.
VDOT and Elizabeth River Crossings are closely watching tide levels in Hampton Roads. All tunnels are currently open.
This storm has brought mostly heavy rain. At this time, Hurricane Joaquin is forecasted to head northeast and not directly impact Virginia. However, the state could experience high tide and surf from the storm.
With the prolonged rain event, low-lying areas and rivers have the potential for flooding.
Saturated ground from previous rain events, combined with this latest round of bad weather could cause road flooding and downed trees through the weekend.
Roads are closed if there is high water, downed trees and other conditions that pose safety issues. Work is also focused on repairing damaged roads and removing debris from roadways.
Motorists should watch for high water when traveling this weekend and should monitor news and weather reports, call 511, visit 511virginia.org, or download the mobile app for the latest road condition information.
The public can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD to report hazardous road conditions or need to speak with a customer service representative.
Road Closures and Other Information:
- 78 roads closed and 7 roads washed out. This list changes frequently. For a full list of the latest road closures and conditions, go to http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions
- Emergency repairs are ongoing in the Salem, Staunton and Culpeper Districts from flooding earlier this week.
- About three miles of Route 58 on Lovers Leap Mountain in Patrick County are closed for repairs due to flood damage.
- Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to experience service reductions and suspensions due to high tides.
- Merry Pointe and Sunnybank ferries are closed throughout the storm.
If you are driving in bad weather, keep the following in mind:
- Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to slow down or stop quickly and without warning.
- Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the law.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! 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.
- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas.
- Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car or cause the driver to lose control.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
- If you come across a downed power line, do not move it. Only the power company can safely remove downed power lines. You can report downed lines and debris on Virginia’s state maintained roadways by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
- Click below to watch video on how to drive safely in the rain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDcC_NazB6w
- Prepare for the storm and find out about other VDOT hurricane preparedness efforts - Visit www.VDOT.Virginia.gov
- VDOT’s Facebook page will also be updated throughout the storm - https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT
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