VDOT News Release – Be Prepared for Remnants of Hurricane Ian – Lynchburg, VA

RELEASE: IMMEDIATE                                                                2022
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VDOT crews working through the night to respond to damage

Lynchburg, Va. — The Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging all residents to be prepared for the remnants of Hurricane Ian. Look for weather conditions to worsen beginning Friday afternoon and continuing into the night. The Lynchburg District expects rainfall totals of 3”- 6” and wind gusts of 30-50 miles per hour. Stormy weather will continue through the weekend.
For the past several days VDOT crews have been surveying their areas to clear any drainage structures that could be clogged by debris, preparing equipment and ensuring that specialty contractors, such as debris removal crews, will be available over the weekend. During the storm they will coordinate their activities with local first responders and utility crews to remove fallen trees and other hazards.
VDOT urges residents to stay weather aware. There is a real danger of downed trees and power lines, power outages, and flash flooding. The best thing for motorists to do is stay off the roads.
After completing storm preparations on Friday, VDOT crews will remain on-call through the weekend to respond to any reports of storm damage. VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or contact us online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.
During the storm, for the latest information about road closures check 511Virginia.org. A current list of road closures is at Road Conditions Table (511virginia.org). In addition to current traffic conditions and other real-time travel information on the 511 Virginia website, that information is also available on the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone
in Virginia. VDOT Lynchburg District updates are also on
Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTLynchburg.


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