Justice declares a state of preparedness for all 55 counties due to flooding threat

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Jul. 26—Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Preparedness for all 55 counties Tuesday throughout West Virginia due to the threat of flooding this week.

The main threat will be possible isolated flash flooding due to heavy downpours or steady rain, with storms forecast for much of the state through Friday morning.

As part of this State of Preparedness declaration, Justice has directed the West Virginia Emergency Management Division (WVEMD) to implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan as necessary, organize appropriate personnel and resources to be prepared to respond to any emergency that may develop, and facilitate the provision of any essential emergency services that may be required.

Justice and the WVEMD ask all West Virginians to remain attentive to weather conditions through local media reports and follow any instructions issued by emergency officials.

A flash flood watch that includes Mercer, McDowell, Monroe and Summers Counties continues Tuesday until midnight.

In Virginia, Bland, Giles, Tazewell and Wythe Counties remained under the flood watch until midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com