VDOT News - Richmond
Bob Spieldenner 804-524-6179
April 19, 2019
VDOT PREPARES AHEAD OF POTENTIAL SEVERE STORMS
Crews are clearing debris and drainage facilities in preparation of the storm
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD —The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District is preparing to keep roadways and motorists safe as the potential for flash flooding, heavy rain, high winds and debris associated with severe storms remains high for the region.
In preparation for the storms, 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)
Drivers should be prepared for possible downed trees and power lines, as well as high water that might make travel difficult following the storms. 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 high water. Turn around, don’t drown.
Get the latest road conditions – Call 511, go to www.511virginia.org 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 https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.
Follow VDOT on social media – For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva on Twitter.
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