PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - In light of dozens of street closures and flooded intersections in Hampton Roads due to heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy, VDOT has released a list of safety tips to avoid flooded areas and avoid accidents.
High tides were expected Sunday evening as well as Monday morning and late afternoon.
VDOT recommends drivers take the following steps:
- If a traffic signal is out, drivers are advised to treat the intersection as a four way stop.
- 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 you to lose control and hydroplane.
- 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.
- In the event of a flash flood warning for your area, seek high ground immediately.
- Watch for debris on the roadway. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines. Contact VDOT or Dominion Virginia Power.
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