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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA13-086

May 7, 2013



VDOT ASKS CITIZENS TO BE AWARE OF FLOODED ROADS
Public Advised To Not Move Barrels At Closed Roads

STAUNTON – Significant rain has fallen in the Shenandoah Valley for most of the day on Tuesday.  The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operations Center advises that throughout the area there are reports of flooded roads.  The Augusta County area has been particularly hard hit.  Motorists are advised to drive with caution and not to attempt driving over flooded roads.  Water levels and speeds can change very rapidly in flooding situations making for very dangerous driving conditions.   

VDOT is seeing several cases of people moving barrels and signs on closed roads so they can drive onto these roads.  VDOT warns that this is extremely dangerous and leaves other drivers at risk if they travel onto roads that have been closed by road crews due to flooding.  VDOT crews will remain out during the night monitoring roads and closing them as necessary.

A list of flooded roads can be found on the www.511Virginia.org website. To get to the list look to the top of the page in the orange bar.  Click on “Text Views”.  Then click on the “Road Conditions Table”.  A table will appear with roads closed due to flooding.  In the drop down box, choose a county and the road closures for that county will appear.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org.  For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.  RSS feeds are also available for statewide information.  The VDOT webpage is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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