Flooding forces officials to reopen road closed by mudslide

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia road closed by a mudslide had to be reopened after a flood inundated the detour, transportation officials said.

A stretch of U.S. 460 just west of Narrows and about five miles from the West Virginia state line has been fully closed since Saturday, a day after a mudslide loosened fill beneath the westbound lanes, The Roanoke Times reports.

But when the New River, swollen by continuing rains, flooded Virginia 649, also known as Lurich Road, the only local detour around the closed section of U.S. 460.

Jason Bond, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said the reopening is to last only until the water recedes from Lurich Road, at which point the detour will be restored and U.S. 460 will be completely shut down again.

Highway officials advise non-local traffic to use Interstates 81 and 77 as a bypass around U.S. 460.