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Lindsay LeGrand 804-786-2715, 804-921-0907
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Oct. 11, 2018



VDOT PREPARED FOR EFFECTS OF TROPICAL MICHAEL; MOTORISTS SHOULD PLAN TO ALTER THURSDAY EVENING TRAVEL
Pay close attention to local forecasts and official announcements for safety messages

RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is finalizing preparations ahead of effects from Tropical Storm Michael, and crews stand ready to respond to any unsafe travel conditions or damage resulting from the storm. With heavy rain and wind gusts forecasted to begin in parts of the Commonwealth early Thursday afternoon, travelers are encouraged to plan ahead for changing road conditions. The storm could cause downed trees, debris in roadways and high water.

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

Travel tips

Motorists are encouraged to monitor weather reports and road conditions before traveling and take the following precautions:

  • If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
  • 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 you to lose control and hydroplane.
  • 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.
  • In the event of a flash flood warning for your area, seek high ground immediately.
  • Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines. Contact VDOT or Dominion Virginia Power.
  • If involved in a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Information resources

  • Get the latest road conditions - call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.
  • Report downed trees, hazardous road conditions or talk to a customer service representative – call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
  • Prepare for the storm and find out about other VDOT hurricane preparedness efforts – visit http://www.vdot.virginia.gov/
  • Traffic information is also available on Twitter @511statewideVA. For general VDOT information, follow @VaDOT.
  • VDOT’s Facebook page will also be updated throughout the storm. https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT

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