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Flooding Closes Some Secondary Roads In Central VA

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CULPEPER — A half-dozen secondary roads in Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties are closed this evening due to flooding and high water is likely to cause more road closures across Central Virginia on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Heavy rain is forecast to continue overnight and more roads, especially secondary roads in low-lying areas or along creeks and streams, will likely be affected. Check the Virginia Department of Transportation's traffic and travel web site, www.511virginia.org, for the latest information on road conditions and weather. All road closures due to high water, including secondary roads, are listed by county.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will monitor road conditions overnight and close roads that are being overtopped by high water. Once the water recedes VDOT crews will check the flooded area for damage before reopening the road to traffic.

Drivers should expect to encounter heavy rain and fog in some areas tonight as well as standing water on some road surfaces. Motorists should allow extra time for travel and adjust speed and following distance to the weather and road conditions. Motorists are urged to observe the following precautions when driving during heavy rain:

  • · 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.
  • · Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause loss of control due to hydroplaning.
  • · Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.
  • · If a flash flood warning is broadcast, seek high ground immediately.
  • · Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT's traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29, 33 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 800-367-ROAD (367-7623) 24 hours a day to report highway-related problems or request information about Virginia's highways.

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