VDOT Crews Working to Clear Roads
Motorists should remain alert for road hazards
South Chesterfield– Remnants of Tropical Storm Michael left portions of Virginia, including the VDOT Richmond District, covered in water and debris. Approximately 180 roads in the region are closed due to flooding or downed trees/power lines and repairs may be lengthy at some locations.
VDOT crews worked through the night and continue this morning to clear roads of debris. They are working closely with utility crews to clear downed power lines. Many roads will remain closed due to high water until flooding subsides. Roads and bridges that were flooded must be inspected before being opened to the public.
Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions before traveling and take the following precautions:
- If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
- 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 you to lose control and hydroplane.
Anyone can report downed trees or high water by calling VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
For the latest real-time traffic information or road conditions, call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org.