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VDOT: Motorists Should Plan Ahead to regulate Thursday Travel

Press Release from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is finalizing preparations before effects from Tropical Storm Michael, and crews stand prepared to react to any unsafe travel damage or conditions caused by the storm. Early Thursday afternoon with heavy rain and gusts of wind forecasted to begin with in elements of the Commonwealth, travelers should arrange for changing road conditions ahead, and adjust travel, as needed. The storm might lead to downed trees, debris in roadways and high water.

Ahead of the storm, crews have already been clearing drainage facilities, preparing equipment and trucks and coordinating for additional debris and tree removal crews to be on standby.

Travel tips

  • If a traffic signal has gone out, drivers should treat the intersection as a four way stop.
  • drive through water flowing across a road

  • Never. It requires only six to 12 inches of water to float a little vehicle.
  • drive around barricades

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  • Never. Remember, the street has been closed for the safety.
  • Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too through water might lead to one to lose control and hydroplane fast.
  • Avoid flood-prone areas, along creeks along with other low-lying areas especially. Water in those areas can rise and unexpectedly during heavy rains quickly.
  • In the function of a flash flood warning for the area, seek high ground immediately.
  • Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, usually do not make an effort to move the relative line. Downed trees might contain power lines. Contact Dominion or VDOT Virginia Power.
  • If involved with a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Information resources

  • Get the most recent road conditions – call 511, head to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 site.
  • Report downed trees, hazardous road conditions or speak to a person service representative – call VDOT’s CUSTOMER SUPPORT Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
  • Prepare for the storm and discover about other VDOT storm preparedness efforts – visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.
  • Traffic information can be on Twitter @511statewideVA. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.
  • VDOT’s Facebook page will undoubtedly be updated through the entire storm also. https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT