HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Road crews with Virginia Department of Transportation have spent the last few days preparing for the heavy rainfall Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to bring.
VDOT spokesperson Brooke Grow said maintenance crews spent a great deal of time clearing drains along the interstates in Hampton Roads to reduce the risk of flooding. VDOT vacuuming trucks cleared drains on Interstate 64 and Interstate 264 on Thursday, and, for the past two weeks, maintenance crews have been clearing drains along the interstates on the Southside and the Peninsula. Those crews will be on standby during the storm.
"During the storm, we'll be out there monitoring those drains again," Grow said. " We will also have tree trimming company on-call tomorrow should anything become a potential hazard or if we need removal of anything on the roadways."
Grow said VDOT feels confident that the drains along the interstate are ready to withstand the rain headed to Hampton Roads. But, drivers should be extra careful around low lying areas.
"A lot of areas that we always have water collect in are entrances to tunnels, and bridges, because they are on a decline so the water is going to run down so be careful traveling those areas," Grow said. "We don't anticipate flooding, but it's common to have water ponding in those areas."
If you are unsure of road conditions, you can get the latest information on www.511virginia.com . VDOT crews will be staged in several parts of Hampton Roads to keep an eye on interstates, but they said drivers can help as well.
"If you are driving along the road and you see a large amount of debris or a tree branch, we ask that you call 1-800-FOR-ROAD, and report that to our customer service line," Grow said. " Report as many details as possible that includes lane placement , mile markers, exit number, and in particular the roadway direction. We'll send out an alert to our crews on call and get that taken care of."
Several areas in Norfolk are known for flooding as well during heavy rain events. Crews from the Norfolk Public Works went to flood prone areas to clean ditches and storm drains in preparation for the storm.
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