December 30, 2009
CONTACT:Taya M. Jarman
(804) 586-4455 (cell)
VDOT PREPARES FOR WINTRY MIX
Travel with caution early Thursday
COLONIAL HEIGHTS –With freezing rain predicted for parts of central Virginia overnight tonight and early tomorrow morning, motorists are strongly encouraged to consider adjusting their travel plans around the potentially icy weather.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for this winter event by bringing in several crews around 8 p.m. tonight to pre-treat potential trouble spots. Crews will continue to work throughout tomorrow morning to treat and respond to roads as needed. If ice starts to form on road surfaces, crews will spread a mixture of sand and salt. The sand increases traction, and the salt helps melt the frozen precipitation and prevents it from bonding to the road surface.
Drivers should consider postponing their trips until temperatures rise, and the wintry mix changes over to all rain. A difference in just a few degrees of air or ground temperatures will determine if ice accumulates on roadways or not. During a freezing rain event, drivers should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses, ramps, higher elevations and shady spots where ice may form.
For updates on these and other road conditions, as well as real-time weather, incidents and traffic camera video, drivers should visit www.511Virginia.org.
For immediate release
Contact: Carla Harris at 804-726-7107
December 28, 2009
2-1-1 VIRGINIA helps southwest residents impacted by severe weather
Richmond – Residents who need assistance with food, water and/or shelter are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 toll-free to find out what resources are available in their communities. Call specialists are available 24 hours a day.
Efforts to restore power to residents impacted by the severe weather remain underway, and the number of outages is decreasing; however, many residents may continue to need access to shelters, feeding centers/meal deliveries. Boil Water Notices remain in effect for portions of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Scott and Wise and Lee counties.
The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating volunteer efforts in conjunction with local departments of social services, the American Red Cross and a number of faith and community-based organizations.
By dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.211virginia.org, residents can find out what resources are available and closest to them.
2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides free and confidential information on a variety of health and human services needs, including job training, child and adult care, mental health services, and emergency financial assistance. Any one in need is encouraged to dial 2-1-1 or research community resources online. The program is administered through the Virginia Department of Social Services.