Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Oct. 3, 2015
SALEM DISTRICT: DOWNED TREES AND FLOODING IMPACTING TRAVEL IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation urges motorists to check weather forecasts and road conditions today before traveling and plan trips accordingly. Motorists should drive with extra care and limit travel during heaving rain fall.
The most up-to-date information about flooded roads is available at www.511Virginia.org. To access the list of flooded roads, look for the text views section of the site and search under road conditions. Dozens of roads are closed due to flooding or downed trees. Conditions are constantly changing.
To report downed trees or debris on state maintained roads, citizens can contact VDOT’s customer service center at 1-800-367-7623. For emergencies, dial 911.
If you must drive in bad weather, keep the following in mind:
- Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to slow or stop quickly and without warning.
- Keep headlights on while it’s raining: it’s the law.
- Drive at a speed that enables you to stop quickly and safely within the distance illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! 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.
- If you come across a downed power line, do not try to move it. Contact your local authorities.
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