Remnants of ‘superstorm’ keep Virginia State Police busy

Posted at 12:16 PM, Oct 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-30 12:16:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – As the effects of “Superstorm” Sandy abate in the Commonwealth,  Virginia State Police say they have received over 5,000 calls because of the storm. 

Officials said Tuesday that 5,098 calls had come in because of the high winds, heavy rains, and snowfall associated with the storm. State troopers responded to 583 traffic crashes and 690 disabled vehicles.

And for the most part, Central Virginia was spared from the storm’s wrath. State police said most of the storm-related crashes happened Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Southside, and Northern Virginia. At the height of the storm Monday, state police were fielding 155 calls for service per hour.

From Virginia State Police: 

The following is a breakdown of calls for service by Virginia State Police from 12:01 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28) through 10 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30):

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

Traffic Crashes= 89 Disabled Vehicles=127 Total Calls for Service=732

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=82 Disabled Vehicles=95 Total Calls for Service=666

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)

Traffic Crashes=63 Disabled Vehicles=39 Total Calls for Service=537

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)

Traffic Crashes=67 Disabled Vehicles=66 Total Calls for Service=617

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

Traffic Crashes=111 Disabled Vehicles=172 Total Calls for Service=936

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)

Traffic Crashes=89 Disabled Vehicles=66 Total Calls for Service=609

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=82 Disabled Vehicles=125 Total Calls for Service=1,001

With continuing rainfall in eastern, central and northern Virginia, and snowfall in the western and southwestern regions, road conditions remain treacherous. If you do have to travel, drivers are advised to…

  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Headlights must be used when windshield wipers are activated
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
  • Treat intersections without working lights as a four-way stop
  • Call 511 for road conditions – not 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only