Governor Tomblin Declares State of Emergency in Four Southern West Virginia Counties
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Due to severe storms causing heavy rainfall, hail, flooding, high winds, downed trees, mudslides, power outages, and road and stream blockages, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this afternoon declared a state of emergency in the following southern West Virginia counties:
Governor Tomblin had a detailed briefing with local officials on the situation and has committed the state to doing everything possible to help citizens impacted by the severe weather.
“State and local emergency management officials are on-site, assessing damages and offering assistance where needed,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I want to thank the American Red Cross and all first responders who have been on-site throughout the weekend. We will continue to monitor the situation so that we can offer additional assistance should the rivers and streams continue to rise.”
In addition, Governor Tomblin has authorized the West Virginia Conservation Agency to begin an assessment of the affected areas. Storm-related damage includes high water crossing roadways, water into homes, debris blockages, mudslides and deteriorated roadways. The Governor also directed the Division of Highways to send additional crews into the impacted areas to assist in opening roadways and to assist first responders.
The state of emergency remains in effect for 30 days, unless extended or rescinded by another proclamation by the governor.
As of this afternoon, twenty-three counties are under a flood watch and thirty-eight counties are under a tornado watch.
For emergencies, residents should call 911. To report damage or for non-emergency assistance, residents should contact their county emergency operations centers:
“Above all, we want our citizens to be safe and not to take chances,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Do not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways and if you need assistance, please contact the appropriate authorities.”
Contact: Jacqueline Proctor, 304-558-2000