Central Virginia Roads Closed Due to Flooding

September 6, 2011

Almost a dozen secondary roads are closed Tuesday morning due to high water in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District.

At approximately 4pm, the closures include roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties. The following roads in the following counties are impassable due to flooding:

Albemarle County

- 1700 block of Avon Street Extended

- Route 604/E. Jack Jouett Road

- Route 622/Albevanna Spring Road

Louisa County

- Route 651/Cales Drive

Orange County

- Route 602/Old Office Road

- Route 611/Raccoon Ford Road

Madison County

- Route 618/Waylands Mill Road

Culpeper County

- Route 657/Kirtley Trail

- Route 721/Robinson River Road

The heavy rain is expected to continue through the day and flash flood watches are posted for Central Virginia through Tuesday. VDOT anticipates that more roads will close as small streams and creeks overflow their banks. VDOT crews will monitor the situation and close roads as the water rises.

Motorists are warned to expect to encounter high water and flooded roadways as they travel today and tomorrow, especially on secondary roads in low-lying areas and near small creeks and streams. Water crossings on secondary roads are also vulnerable to flooding. In those areas water may rise quickly and motorists should be alert for rising water.

Motorists should check VDOT’s traffic and travel website, for the latest information about road conditions, including which roads are closed.

VDOT also urges drivers to observe the following precautions when traveling during heavy rain or flood conditions:

- Never drive through water flowing across a road. It takes only six to 12 inches of water to float a small vehicle.

- Never drive around barricades. Remember, the road has been closed for your safety.

- Slow down when driving through standing water. Driving too fast through water could cause loss of control due to hydroplaning.

- Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks and other low-lying areas. Water in those areas can rise quickly and without warning during heavy rains.

- If a flash flood warning is broadcast, seek high ground immediately.

- Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line.

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