Ferry service has been suspended in the Northern Neck for the next two days, Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, VDOT announced.
The suspension includes the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County, which crosses the western end of the Corrotoman River on Route 604 as well as the Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland County that crosses the Little Wicomico River on Route 644.
Both of the ferries can save drivers about 20 minutes compared to taking the alternative land routes. But VDOT chose to suspend service due to forecasted tidal flooding and high winds this weekend.
Lancaster County Emergency Services has posted a series of messages related to the forecast, including one from the US National Weather Service Wakefield that says:
“It is looking increasingly likely that a significant storm system will impact the region Friday into this weekend. Threats include heavy rainfall of 1-4" (highest towards the coast), strong wind gusts of 40-60 mph (again highest along the coast), and moderate to locally major coastal flooding. Impacts will be greatest adjacent to the water.”
Lancaster Emergency Services is urging people to prepare by, among other things, ensuring that their personal vessels are secure.