The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared to keep Virginia roads safe ahead of forecasted effects of Hurricane Florence. Crews across the state stand prepared to respond to any unsafe traveling conditions and damage resulting from the storm.
While the hurricane’s exact track remains uncertain, heavy rain is expected to move into most of Virginia late Thursday, Sept. 13, with impacts expected into Friday and the weekend. Ahead of the storm,
VDOT staff and crews are lifting lane closures, where possible, on major routes to keep roads clear for emergency responders and possible evacuations.
“VDOT is in full preparation mode and we encourage the public to do the same. Prepare now for difficult or limited travel later this week,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen C. Brich. “VDOT is making every effort to keep the roads open and safe for travel ahead of the storm. Pay close attention to local forecasts and announcements from emergency officials to best plan travel and stay safe on the roads.”
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.
- 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.
- In the event of a flash flood warning for your area, seek high ground immediately.
- Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines.
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