Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Jan. 25, 2010
ROADS CLOSED BY HIGH WATER, DEBRIS
Portion of US 460 in Campbell County closed
LYNCHBURG – Heavy rains overnight have resulted in the closure of several roads in Campbell and Pittsylvania counties.
Portions of US 460 near Mt. Athos Road in Campbell County are expected to remain closed for several hours while Lynchburg District crews of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) clear debris in the roadway. In addition, several secondary roads in Campbell and Pittsylvania counties are reported closed at this time.
Motorists should check information on road conditions and weather at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511 before venturing out this morning. These conditions are updated frequently and are particularly helpful during flooding when conditions change rapidly.
Motorists are urged to avoid travel during severe storm conditions. If you must drive, observe the following precautions:
Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to slow or stop quickly and without warning.
- Drive at a speed that enables you to stop quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.
- 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.
- 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.
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