Flooding Closes Secondary Roads in Central Virginia

March 10, 2011

A number of secondary roads in Central Virginia are closed Thursday morning due to flooding and high water is likely to affect travel across Central Virginia through the day Thursday.

Heavy rain is forecast to fall all day and more roads, especially those in low-lying areas, will likely be covered by water later Thursday.

As of 1pm Friday, the following roads remained closed due to high water:

Albemarle County

Burchs Creek Rd.

Greene County

Entry Run Rd.
Middle River Rd.
Mutton Hollow Rd.
Octonia Rd.
South River Rd.

Madison County

Lillards Ford Rd.
Hughes River Rd.

Orange County

Route 651
Route 611
Barnetts Ford Rd.

Check VDOT’s traffic and travel website for the latest information. All road closures due to high water, including secondary roads, are listed by county.

VDOT has crews on duty across the region to check conditions and close roads that are being affected by high water. Drivers should expect to encounter heavy rain and fog in some areas Thursday as well as standing water on some road surfaces. Motorists should allow extra time for travel today and adjust speed and following distance to the weather and road conditions.

Motorists are urged to observe the following precautions when driving during heavy rain:

- 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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