Storms Damage National Forest Roads

Release Date: Jul 16, 2013  

Contact(s): Barbara Walker at (540) 552-4641

Storms Damage National Forest Roads

Blacksburg, VA – Recent storms have caused significant damage to national forest roads in southwest Virginia. Downed trees and water damage are making some forest roads impassable.

Cindy Schiffer, Eastern Divide District Ranger headquartered in Blacksburg states that roads in Craig, Montgomery and Giles Counties were particularly hard-hit by the recent downpours. "We’re finding blocked and damaged culverts, deep surface rutting and large holes." Forest Service road crews are repairing the extensive damage but continuing storms are hampering progress.

Ranger Schiffer emphasized that the public needs to be cautious when traveling on the forest. "We have closed four of the most hazardous roads but most forest roads remain open. However, drivers need to remain attentive." With more storms predicted, more closures may become necessary.

The following roads are currently closed:

Giles County—Section of Dismal Road (FS 201) near Dings Branch

Craig County—Fenwick Mine Entrance Road; Rolands Run (FS 5027); Wildlife Road (FS 224).

The public is urged to check on current road conditions by visiting the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests website or calling the Eastern Divide Ranger District at 540-552-4641.