Jason Bond 540-387-5493
July 4, 2013
TRAFFIC ALERT: MUDSLIDES CLOSE ROUTE 221 (BENT MOUNTAIN ROAD) IN ROANOKE COUNTY
Many roads in region impacted by flooding and downed trees
SALEM – Approximately five miles of Route 221 (Bent Mountain Road) in Roanoke County is closed between its intersections with Route 690 (Poage Valley Road) and Route 602 (Callaway Road). Multiple mudslides have occurred along this section of Route 221 and the Virginia Department of Transportation has been working throughout the night to make repairs. No estimated time for reopening Route 221 has been established at this time.
Heavy rains have flooded or damaged many roads throughout the Roanoke Valley, particularly in Roanoke and Craig counties. Downed trees also are reported throughout the region.
A sinkhole in Roanoke County has closed Route 1767 (Old Farm Road) near its intersection with Route 689 (Roselawn Road).
Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel during severe storm conditions. When driving, 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.
For the most recent list of road closures due to flooding, visit www.511Virginia.org and click on text views.
To report downed trees or debris on state maintained roads, please contact VDOT’s customer service center at 1-800-367-7623.
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