Morning Joint Agency update on winter weather, flooding impact across West Virginia

2/21/2019

Morning Update: Joint Agency update on winter weather,
flooding impact across West Virginia
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va.The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM), the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), and other West Virginia State Agencies continue to monitor the remaining effects of winter weather and flooding issues across the Mountain State.
 
As of 7:00 a.m., the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has received situation reports from all counties in West Virginia. In the northern counties and panhandle, we have reports of school delays due to high water and road conditions and minimal power outages. All other counties report good conditions and no county or jurisdiction has unmet needs or significant issues at this time.
 
County Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) continue to monitor weather conditions, flooding threats and utility outages. All EOCs remain in communication with the SEOC and will provide situational reports and updates to state officials.
 
The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) continues to spot treat in areas that experienced snow and ice conditions, however, with temperatures above freezing throughout most of the state, attention has turned to monitoring flooding and the stability of roadways.  Crews will continue to stand ready to assist first responders when needed. Drivers can stay up to date on the latest driving conditions and travel alerts by visiting www.wv511.org.
 
The latest update from the National Weather Service in Charleston shows flooding concerns continuing from recent rains in the Ohio, New River and Greenbrier Valleys with scattered showers returning Friday morning, mainly across the southern counties. A large weather system will impact West Virginia over the coming weekend with a wintry mix and ice possible in the mountains and eastern panhandle on Saturday morning.
 
Along and south of I-64, heavy rain and flooding may cause a strong rise along streams and rivers through mid-day on Sunday. There are concerns for flooding of roads and buildings along rivers and from backwater of creeks and rivers near the Ohio River from the smaller systems moving through this weekend, with a flood threat from the Ohio River into the Eastern Panhandle for the next work week.
 
Beginning Saturday night through Sunday, the Western Lowlands should be prepared for damaging winds and thunderstorms. Gusty winds are predicted area-wide Saturday night through Sunday with power outages possible as trees and utility lines may fall, especially with rain-soaked grounds. For the most up-to-date information on Watches, Warnings and Advisories for West Virginia, visit https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wv.php?x=1.
 
Citizens should continue to monitor their local weather situation via television, radio, and news outlets, the National Weather Service, and also by following WVDHSEM on social media. WVDHSEM will be posting important safety messages this week as conditions develop to the WVDHSEM Facebook and Twitter pages at: https://www.facebook.com/WVDHSEM/ and https://twitter.com/WVDHSEM.

For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, storms, and flooding:
 
·         Shelters and disaster information by county: www.redcross.org/local/west-virginia/get-help.html
 
·         FEMA Winter: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
 
·         FEMA Flooding: https://www.ready.gov/floods
 
 
 
·         Weather.gov Ice Storms: https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter-ice-frost
 
·         Road Conditions and Travel Information: www.wv511.org
 
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For more information, contact the West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office at: (304) 561-6762 or email: holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil or WVDHSEM PIO: Lora D. Lipscomb, Public Information Officer Office: (304) 558-5380 or at lora.d.lipscomb@wv.gov.  


Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, WVDHSEM Public Information Officer