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Flooding reported on Fredericksburg-area roads

Here’s the latest from VDOT on how flooding is affecting roads throughout the region.

Several secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area have high standing water

Motorists traveling this morning should stay alert for potentially hazardous driving conditions on Fredericksburg area roads following heavy overnight rain.

Several secondary roads in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties have sections of high standing water. Harrell Road in Stafford County is closed to through traffic at the Claiborne Run water crossing.

A complete list of roads in Virginia affected by high water and flooding is available on 511Virginia, VDOT’s 24-hour traffic information website, www.511Virginia.org.

Motorists can also access 511Virginia by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia, or downloading VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app.

The following roads in the Fredericksburg area are currently affected by high water or flooding:

Caroline County

· High water advisory. Courtney Road (Route 694) from Camp Road (Route 677) to Herring Creek Road (Route 693).

· High water advisory. Goose Hill Road (Route 671) at Partlow Road (738).

· High water advisory. Cedar Fork Road (Route 601) at Satterwhite Lane (Route 697).

Spotsylvania County

· High water advisory. Ashby Drive (Route 625) from Chancellor Road (Route 647) to Cloverdale Street (Route 714).

Stafford County

· Closed. Harrell Road (Route 1027) at Claiborne Run.

High water advisory. Brooke Road (Route 608) from Andrew Chapel Road (Route 629) to Crestwood Lane (Route 2100).

Motorist Driving Tips

With heavy rain comes the possibility of flooding. Drivers should use extreme caution while traveling

through low-lying areas or on roads that are prone to flooding.

· Just like in winter weather, try to keep a little more distance between your vehicle and the

vehicle in front of you. Four to five seconds is a good rule.

· Watch for debris in the roadway, such as downed trees or limbs.

· Watch and be prepared for spray from larger vehicles like trucks.

· Never drive through standing water. This could cause you to hydroplane and lose control

of your vehicle.

· If you come across a flooded road that has not been barricaded, turn around and use an

alternate route. Do not try to move or drive around the barricade.

· There is no way to tell if flooded roads have been washed out by swift-moving waters.

· If you come across a downed power line, DO NOT try to move the line. Stay well away and contact your local authorities.

To report debris or a roadway hazard, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

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