Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Oct. 30, 2012
SANDY’S EFFECTS FELT IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
STAUNTON – The Shenandoah Valley is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. In the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District, 60 roads are reported closed this afternoon, mostly due to high water. No primary or interstate roads were closed during the storm in the Staunton District. The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Roads in the higher elevations in Allegany, Bath and Highland received some snow, which crews plowed on Monday night. Route 33 at the West Virginia state line in Rockingham County and Interstate 64 on Afton Mountain also received snow on Monday night. Crews remained at these locations to plow and treat the roadways last night.
Most flooding took place in the central and northern parts of the Shenandoah Valley, with Shenandoah and Frederick counties having the majority of closed roads due to flooding. The Toms Brook and Mount Jackson areas received the most rain. As the waters recede crews will clear roads and bridges of debris and reopen the roadways to the public once they are deemed safe.
Tonight, throughout the VDOT Staunton District, area headquarters will have crews out watching the roads for further flooding or other storm related issues.
Motorists are reminded to never cross a road covered in water.
A list of closed roads and roads affected by winter weather can be found on the www.511Virginia website. Click on “Text Views” in the top menu bar and then click on “Road Conditions” in the drop-down menu.
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