Virginia State Police ready to assist with flooding

storm floodingThe Virginia State Police are advising all motorists to Drive to Save Lives with the pending rain forecast for the coming days and additional potential for flooding:

  • Use your headlights! State law requires headlights on when windshield wipers are activated. Plus, the headlights make you more visible to other drivers when visibility is limited in a heavy downpour.
  • Slow your speed to safely navigate inclement road and weather conditions.
  • Turn Around. Don’t Drown. – Never drive through standing water. What looks like a puddle can be deep and swift-moving water, so don’t risk it. Turn around and find another, safer route to your destination.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Never drive distracted.
  • Dial 511 for Road Conditions. Reserve 911 and #77 for emergencies calls only.

Virginia State Police Search & Recovery Team divers have been out since early morning assisting with flood rescues by boat of woman and her two dogs from her deck in Floyd County. She already had two feet of rushing water in her residence and water was continuing to rise.

Plans are underway right now for staging State Police Search and Recovery Teams strategically across the Commonwealth for the potential storms. State troopers are also assisting with blocking roads/bridges that have washed out.

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