Some Local Roads Experiencing Flooding

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Flooding has shut down more than 10 roads in Shenandoah County; however, flooded streets are not stopping some drivers.

While a sign is present to alert drivers that Smith Creek Road is off limits, it did not stop some drivers, including Michael Crocker from crossing Friday morning.

"They just put them up when there is a trickle of water across so a lot of people don't pay attention to them," said Crocker.

The Virginia Department of Transportation closes roads when water rises over them as crews put barriers to prevent drivers from passing through; however, on Smith Creek Road, someone removed the barriers.

"They are putting themselves at risk, but also they are putting people at risk that come behind them because the barriers are still removed," said Sandy Myers, a VDOT spokeswoman.

Myers says you should not take any chances as you can lose control of your car in just six inches of water.

Earlier Friday, Smith Creek Road has nearly 10 inches.

"If I wasn't driving a truck, I wouldn't think of crossing that," said Crocker.

WHSV interviewed him later in the day after he had already crossed the road. At the time of the interview, he did not cross the road as he said the water levels had increased.

If you try to press your luck and cross when you shouldn't Myers provided this warning.

"If you are going over a flooded road and you see a lot of rushing water, it is possible your vehicle could be taken downstream. It is almost a life-threatening situation," said Myers.


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