Richmond Emergency Information

Check here for the latest updates during severe weather.


Status Updates

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 2 p.m.

• The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Richmond District has taken several steps to assist the mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.

- Lane closures, except for storm preparation efforts, have been suspended on all roads in the Richmond District.
- While the concrete barriers will remain, construction work on I-64 between mile-marker 200-205 in New Kent County has been suspended.
- Tow trucks have been prepositioned at key locations along interstate evacuation routes.
- Safety Service Patrols are monitoring traffic along interstate evacuation routes and can assist with emergency response capabilities and motorists in distress.
- Crews are monitoring traffic signals along non-interstate evacuation routes to ensure traffic flow.

• Because of the ongoing evacuations in both Virginia and North Carolina, motorists should prepare for heavier than normal traffic along the following routes:

- I-64, I-85, I-95 and I-295
- Routes 1, 10, 58, 60 and 460

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4 p.m.

• The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is preparing to keep Richmond area roadways and motorists safe as the potential for flooding, heavy rain, high winds and debris associated with Hurricane Florence remains high for the region.

• In preparation for the storm, VDOT and maintenance contractors are:

- inspecting and clearing culverts, ditches and inlets to prevent water from collecting on roadways during heavy rain
- removing debris from roads and shoulders that could block drains
- preparing chainsaws and equipping vehicles with necessary equipment (ropes, flashlights, flares, extra chains for chainsaws, batteries)

• As the storm nears, crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts to assist emergency responders with traffic control, detours and road closures. All previously scheduled interstate lane closures, as well as closures on Route 58 and Route 460, have been lifted to assist with traffic flow.

• Drivers should be prepared for limited or difficult travel later this week and following the storm. Keep the following in mind as the storm approaches:

- If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
- Never drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.


Information Resources

• Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to or download the mobile app at the 511 website.

• Report downed trees or hazardous road conditions – Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit

• Follow VDOT on social media – For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva on Twitter. For general information, follow VDOT’s statewide Facebook page:

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Local Emergency Resources

We maintain almost 19,000 lane miles of interstate, primary and secondary roads in these counties: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Prince George and Powhatan. Henrico County maintains its own secondary roads. 

To learn more about emergency operations in your county, visit:

Amelia County | Brunswick County | Charles City County | Chesterfield County | Dinwiddie County | Goochland County |  Hanover County | Henrico County | Lunenburg County | Mecklenburg County | New Kent County | Nottoway County | Prince George County | Powhatan County


Page last modified: Sept. 13, 2018