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Rain Causes Flooding in Central Virginia

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It's no surprise that all this rain has caused some flooding in both central Virginia and the valley.  There are currently more than 10 roads closed in the NBC29 viewing area, and that number is expected to grow as the rain continues.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says their crews will be out all day and night, keeping an eye on things as the rain keeps falling.  All this rain is causing big problems on some roads in central Virginia and the valley.

"Our crews have been closing the roads as needed as the creeks have risen and covered the areas that made them unsafe to drive on," said VDOT Spokesperson Stacy Londrey.

Most of the roads that have been closed are in rural areas.

Londrey stated, "They have the low-water bridge structures that easily flood when the creeks rise up over their banks."

But watch out for troubles in and around the city of Charlottesville.  With these road conditions, VDOT says it's important for drivers to be extra cautious.

"It's definitely never safe to drive through flowing water. Standing water is also an iffy situation," Londrey said.

When barriers are put up, VDOT crews say it's for a reason.

"Drivers should never drive around barriers. We've got orange barriers in areas where roads are closed. Just generally take precautions to give more distance between vehicles and drive at a slower speed, just to maintain the extra safety measures when the rain's coming down," said Londrey.

With the rain scheduled to continue, VDOT says their work could be only just beginning.

"The rain is going to be heavy, and the closures are going to continue to happen," Londrey said.

VDOT says it will reopen roads as the water levels go down, as long as there is no damage.  For the most up to date information on road closures in your area you can go to 511-Virginia.

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