Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Sept. 6, 2008
9:00 a.m. UPDATE: HANNA MAKES MARK on COMMONWEALTH
Rain, wind and minor flooding reported in VDOT’s Lynchburg District
LYNCHBURG – Tropical Storm Hanna is here and motorists may find travel difficult in portions of the Commonwealth today. The storm continues to drop considerable rain and produce strong winds and flash flooding warnings remain in effect for a number of counties in the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
As of 9:00 a.m. only two roads – Routes 601 and 636 in Halifax County were reported are impassable in the ten-county district; however conditions can change rapidly so motorists should be alert.
VDOT reminds motorists who must travel today to know the road conditions before they leave home. Motorists can call 511 Virginia from any cell phone or land-line, or can log onto www.511Virginia.org for the latest information.
- Drivers should use extreme caution while traveling throughout the commonwealth during the next few days, especially
in low-lying areas or on roads that are prone to flooding.
- Remember never to drive through standing water, as you might lose control of your vehicle.
- Rapidly rising water could engulf your vehicle and sweep it away. According to the National Weather Service, two feet
of water will carry away most automobiles. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are automobile-based.
- There is no way to tell if flooded roads have been washed out by swift-moving waters.
- If you come across a flooded road, turn around and use an alternate route.
For the latest information on road conditions, traffic and weather, contact:
- www.vaemergency.com - general storm information, status of Virginia response efforts and the latest information about
storm damage and response statewide.
- Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org – for the latest road conditions on major highways throughout the commonwealth
Highway Helpline (800) 367-ROAD - to report flooded roads or road damage.
- www.ReadyVirginia.gov for information about how you to prepare you and your family for emergencies
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