Route 33 in Middlesex closed, tornado cleanup

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A portion of Route 33 in Middlesex County remains closed Monday morning as power line work and debris removal continues following a tornado Saturday evening that struck Middlesex and Gloucester counties.

Route 33 in Deltaville is closed from North End Road (Route 631) east to the Chesapeake Bay so Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and Dominion Virginia Power can clear debris from travel lanes and surrounding roadways.

Message boards have been posted west of the road barricades on Route 33 at Stampers Bay Road (Route 630) to warn motorists of the closure. Residents living east of the closure will be granted access to Route 33 beyond North End Road, and will be allowed travel to and from their homes. Virginia State Police and the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office is providing traffic control.

All lanes of U.S. 17 are open. All other roads in Middlesex and Gloucester counties are passable, but motorists should expect to encounter VDOT work crews removing downed trees, tree limbs and other debris in the affected areas, with closed travel lanes or shoulders.

If possible, the public is urged to remain off the roadways in the Coke, Ware Neck and Page Middle School areas of Gloucester County on Monday so VDOT work crews and equipment can gain access to affected roads to remove debris and improve travel conditions. Also, limiting traffic will allow assistance to reach residents and businesses impacted by the tornadoes.

Before traveling, motorists can view real-time road conditions and traffic cameras on VDOT's 24-hour travel information website, 511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.