“This is a major storm system, and it will likely cause significant damage and disruption to the state highway system,” said Gregory Slater, Maryland State Highway administrator. “Maryland has received above-normal rainfall throughout summer, and the ground is saturated. So additional rain is likely to run off rapidly.”
Maintenance crews will be working along area roadways over the next few days, clearing debris from drains.
“We’re making sure that they are open and will hold the volume of water that they were designed to carry,” said Wayne Turner, a maintenance operator with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT is also trimming dead or low-hanging branches that could come down on roads during a storm.