Road conditions delay Chesterfield school buses

Posted at 8:47 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 23:40:47-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – All Chesterfield County school buses are now empty after some remained out on the roads late Monday evening due to flash flooding and dangerous road conditions. Special arrangements were being made for one student who was still in need of transportation.

CBS 6 reporter Laura French reported school buses were not been able to drop off students near the Summer Lake and Westerleigh communities in the Otterdale Road area of the county earlier Monday due to flash flooding.

“This is a prone to flash flooding,” said French. “We were getting video at Tomahawk Creek Middle School where kids were just getting picked up after 7 p.m.  We were hearing that people were stuck and could get out of their neighborhoods and couldn’t get back in. This is why.”

Chesterfield Police tells CBS 6 that buses with students aboard had to be turned around due to the flooded road conditions.

Otterdale Road near Genito has since been reopened.

Chesterfield County schools delayed releasing students Monday afternoon due to tornado warnings and multiple tornadoes reported in the county. Buses that were on the road driving students home from school turned around and returned to the nearest school for safety reasons.

After tornado warnings expired, students were released by bus, to parents, and student drivers were released as well. Some buses left as late as 8 p.m.

In a Facebook post, the school system confirmed that several Tier 3 buses were still on the road due to road conditions.

Chesterfield officials planned to tour the county Tuesday to assess the damage.

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