Several City Streets to Close as James River Crests

The city of Richmond will close several city streets on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, due to anticipated flooding, as the James River crests from heavy rains in the western portions of Virginia.

If motorist encounter standing water on any street, they should not try to drive through it as hidden obstacles may exist.

The following streets will close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, and are expected to reopen at noon on Thursday, January 28:

North of the River:

Dock Street between 19th Street and Water Street

Water Street between Dock Street and Nicholson Street

Pear Street between Dock Street and Cary Street

Ash Street between East Main Street and Water Street

Residents should not park their vehicles in any ground level parking lot that is adjacent to the closed section of Dock Street.

In addition to these street closures, the city recommends that residents avoid Belle Isle as well as Tredegar Street west of 5th Street.

South of the River:

Brander Street will close at the railroad crossing near the I-95 bridge.

In addition to this street closure, residents can expect flooding in the low lying areas of Riverside Drive and Cherokee Road.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772