Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
Oct. 3, 2015
STORM UPDATE - 6:30 P.M.
- Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will remain overnight as needed to respond to high water, debris and other safety issues that may arise.
- 67 roads are closed, mostly in the Salem and Lynchburg districts, due to high water.
- 7 secondary roads are washed out, one in Loudoun County and the rest in southwestern Virginia.
- VDOT is closely watching tide levels in Hampton Roads. All tunnels are currently open.
- This storm has brought mostly heavy rain.
- At this time, Hurricane Joaquin is forecasted to head northeast and not directly impact Virginia. However, the state could experience high tide and surf from the storm.
- With the prolonged rain event, low-lying areas and rivers have the potential for flooding.
- Saturated ground from previous rain events, combined with this latest round of bad weather could cause road flooding and downed trees through the weekend.
- VDOT closes roads if there is high water, downed treats and other conditions that pose safety issues. Work is also focused on repairing damaged roads.
- Motorists should watch for high water when traveling tonight. Call 511, visit 511virginia.org, or download the mobile ap for the latest road condition information.
- The public can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD to report hazardous road conditions or need to speak with a customer service representative.
- For a full list of the latest road closures and conditions, go to http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions
- Emergency repairs are ongoing in the Salem, Staunton and Culpeper Districts from flooding earlier this week.
- About three miles of Route 58 on Lovers Leap Mountain in Patrick County are closed for repairs due to flood damage.
- Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to experience service reductions and suspensions due to high tides.
- Merry Pointe and Sunnybank ferries are closed throughout the storm.
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