Road dangers in the Richmond area

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Today Virginia transportation crews met their match.

"Ida with the nor'easter, those two, they weren't a match in heaven, that's for sure," said Dawn Eischin, VDOT.

The situation has created a nightmare on Route 10.

"You see the water is at the same level as the road and it's kind of scary because you don't know what's underneath that road," said Eischin.

The Route 10 bridge leading in to the City of Hopewell is closed for the better part of the day. VDOT crews are busy monitoring the levels at the Appomattox River. They've been 6 to 10 feet higher than normal for the last 24 hours.

It opened this evening, but with the next tide, it could close all over again. All road crews can do is wait... And watch.

"Right now, what the main problem is, is there are trees down in the road and those trees have power lines stuck in them and VDOT, we can't do anything about those," Eischin said.

"It makes for a very busy day," said Matt Coffin, Chesterfield Fire Department.

Chesterfield firefighters have their eyes glued on the latest road closures. They're pulled up on a website.

"It has a posting of all the recent closures, the reasons for those closures and what fire districts they affect," Coffin said.

It allows emergency responders to re-route their drive, because even these big trucks won't cross high water.

The road could be washed out underneath and you could get washed out in your car as well," said Eischin. "We just have to wait for the water to recede."

Flooded and tree-covered roads still plaguing parts of our area. VDOT warns you not to drive through road closure signs, downed power lines, and uneven or washed out roads could lurk beneath.

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