Justice declares state of emergency for McDowell County due to flood damage

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Jul. 14—Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency on Thursday for McDowell County due to excessive rainfall on Tuesday, which caused significant flooding that damaged over 75 homes, approximately a dozen bridges, and numerous roads throughout the county.

The storm also resulted in downed trees, power outages, and disruption to potable water systems.

As part of this State of Emergency declaration, the governor has directed the West Virginia Emergency Management Division to implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan as necessary, mobilize appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency, and facilitate the provision of essential emergency services.

The West Virginia Emergency Management Division and the West Virginia Division of Highways are responding to this event, along with FEMA, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and local officials, to begin the cleanup process, provide necessary repairs, and aid residents in need of assistance, according to state officials.

The State of Emergency will remain in effect for 30 days unless terminated by subsequent proclamation.

Heavy rainfall caused significant flooding and damage Tuesday night in both McDowell County and neighboring Buchanan County, Va.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin also has declared a state of emergency for Buchanan County.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com