Morning Rains Cause Havoc on Roadways

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

November 16, 2006

Most of the area received between one and 2 1/4 inches of rain causing a mess along area roadways.

Driving rains and heavy winds caused problems all across the Charlottesville area. Around 12:30 p.m., heavy winds knocked down this tree on Scottsville Road closing the road for several hours.

"You get some severe storms with high winds and it's just part of the job. Trees do fall and they fall on our roadways and right of ways and they have to be dealt with," said Darin Simpson from VDOT.

While some smaller cars could turn around to avoid the closure, larger trucks were stranded surprising some and making for some unhappy travelers.

"Never here though, I would have never expected it. On the interstate though, it's almost always expected. A side road like Route 20, I never saw it coming," said truck driver Chris Morrow

"I'm fairly patient but this is kind of, my patience is going downhill as far as this goes," said Chris Tate.

Slick roads are to blame for this accident in the southbound lanes of Route 29 in Greene County. A truck rear ended a car sending the truck through the guardrail. Route 29 was closed intermittently for over an hour as rescue workers removed the truck. The driver of the car was injured and taken to UVa medical center. While weather delays are frustrating, some say there's just nothing you can do.

"Getting upset doesn't improve the fact that we are going to be sitting here for two or three more hours. You just take it as best as possible," Morrow said.

Route 20 has now reopened however several area roadways are closed due to flooding. In Madison County, Routes 642 and 603 are closed. In Greene County, Route 634 is closed. In Louisa County, Route 651 is closed and four roads remain closed in Orange County including Routes 666, 602, 651, and 619.

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