Storms, possibility of flooding closes Buckingham’s Prison Road

Published 7:25 pm Friday, January 12, 2024

It’s going to be a little harder than normal to get to both the Buckingham and Dillwyn correctional centers. As of Friday night, officials with the Virginia Department of Corrections announced they’re shutting down Route 699, also known as Prison Road, 

The road is closed due to recent inclement weather, VDOC officials said. And that has been a problem this week, both in Buckingham and around the region. That’s expected to continue tonight and into Saturday morning, with nearly 2 inches expected between midnight and 6 a.m. Buckingham is under a flood watch through that same time period, as a result. 

Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” officials from the National Weather Service’s Wakefield station said in a statement. “Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.” 

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In addition to the flooding, winds are expected to gust as high as 28 mph. 

Now while most residents are asked to stay home during the storm, a detour has been set up if you need to reach either of the correctional centers. You can do that by using Correctional Center Road (Route 1017). To do that, just take N. James Madison Highway/Route 15 to Gold Mine Street, which then connects with Correctional Center Road.

There is no current timeframe for when Prison Road will reopen.