CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning for all 55 counties freeing up resources to respond to flooding and the threat of additional high water.
A first round of rain moved across the state Friday resulting in flooding that closed dozens of roads along with causing mudslides along several highways.
By Friday evening, the National Weather Service was becoming more concerned about river flooding. Warnings are currently issued through Tuesday morning for some rivers. The Ohio River is forecasted to crest above flood stage in several areas.
Other rivers where sections are under flood warnings include the Little Kanawha, Tygart Valley and West Fork.
Another round of rain Saturday could cause additional problems but there’s a chance it will get cold enough in some areas for the rain to change to snow.
Next week’s forecast is for above average temperatures and the possibility of additional rain.
The statement from Gov. Jim Justice’s office released Saturday morning:
Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency early Saturday for all 55 counties, after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and was expected to continue throughout the weekend.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now on enhanced watch status and will continue to monitor the situation. The EOC will be fully activated if necessary. The West Virginia National Guard has also been notified and put on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency agencies.