Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Sept. 6, 2008
HANNA MAKES MARK on COMMONWEALTH
Rain, wind and minor flooding reported in VDOT’s Lynchburg District
As of 8:00 a.m. only two roads were reported closed in the ten-county district; however conditions can change rapidly so motorists should be alert:
· Route 615 in Campbell County due to a downed tree
· Route 601 in Halifax County due to flooding
Motorists are urged to avoid travel during severe storm conditions, and if you must drive, to observe the following precautions:
· Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to slow or stop quickly and without warning.
· At night, drive at a speed that enables you to quickly and safely stop within the distance illuminated by the
· 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.
· If a flash flood warning is broadcast, seek high ground immediately.
· Be alert for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway. Even small branches and other debris can damage a car
or cause the driver to lose control.
· Assume all fallen power lines are electrified and dangerous. Never attempt to drive across, step over or move fallen
· The danger is greatest in areas where trees are near to or overhanging the roadway. Use extra caution when driving
in those areas.
For the latest information on road conditions, traffic and weather, call 511 from any telephone in Virginia. Before you leave, traffic and travel information is available on the Web, www.511Virginia.org.
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