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Downed trees, powerlines are main concern for DOTD

Posted at 9:19 AM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 11:14:44-04

DOTD crews are out and about on Saturday morning dealing with a number of road closures across the state.

Deidra Druilhet said that the department's Emergency Operations Center work board has over 100 road closures listed.

"In all my time with DOTD, I've never seen the board that full before," she said. "That just speaks to the level of intensity that Hurricane Delta brought to the area."

Downed trees and downed power lines make up most of the debris blocking roadways across the region.

Crews have been out since the early morning hours making sure that those roads are cleared to allow for safe travel for residents and emergency personnel.

Druilhet said that DOTD is asking residents to not get on the roadway if there is no need to travel.

"What we're trying to do right now is just get the roads clear of debris. Once we do that, later on, there will be crews that pick up that debris from the right of way."

With power outages in the area, Druilhet also said that several signals are without power. Some have even been pushed over or knocked down by Delta's winds.

Motorists who are out driving in the area should treat signals without power as a four way stop.

"Remember those safety rules. Give yourself enough time to get where you need to go and don't be in such a rush," she said. "We need to make sure we're taking as many safety precautions as we can on our roadways."

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