April 16 Severe Weather

The National Weather Service confirmed 11 tornadoes struck 15 localities, killing two and injuring 34.

Volunteer groups have been active in the affected areas since then. Gov. McDonnell has established the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund to grant funds to volunteer groups that will, in turn, help individuals across the state recover from the April storms. Donations will fund the program.

A website has been created to process credit card donations for the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund. Make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “tornado relief” noted in the memo line, and mail to Comptroller’s Office, P.O. Box 1971, Richmond, VA 23218-1971. Donations are tax deductible.

Gloucester has set up a local donation and volunteer program.

  • To volunteer: (757) 262-0190
  • To donate money: make check payable to Park Partners and note “tornado relief” in the memo line. Send to Park Partners, 6467 Main St., Gloucester, VA 23061

VDOT News Release -

VDOT News Release

CONTACT: Lou Hatter 540-829-7537 (office) CULP 2011-033
540-717-2890 (cell)

Motorists urged to drive with caution, check 511 for latest weather, road conditions

CULPEPER — More than 40 secondary roads are closed by high water across Central Virginia this afternoon due to the heavy rains and flooding on Saturday. Numerous roads in Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties are affected.

Most of the roads are expected to reopen once the water recedes but some are likely to need reconstruction work due to washouts and other damage from the swiftly moving water. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working today to reopen the roads as the water levels fall. Many of the roads are also blocked by trees and other debris washed downstream by the floodwaters. Roads that are closed due to washouts or other damage may remain closed for a longer period while reconstruction work is done.

Motorists should check VDOT’s traffic and travel web site, www.511virginia.org, for the latest information about road conditions, including which roads are closed. All road closures, including secondary roads, are listed by county. Anyone planning to drive on Sunday or early Monday morning should also be aware that some roads are likely to remain closed because of high water or flood-related damage.

VDOT also urges drivers to observe the following precautions when traveling during heavy rain or flood conditions:

• 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.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 800-367-ROAD (367-7623) 24 hours a day to report highway-related problems or request information about Virginia’s highways.


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