State of Emergency

Town of Berkeley Springs, Morgan County looking south; CNB Bank (left) and The Country Inn (right). Photo taken on June 3, 2018.
Robert Madison / Courtesy Photo

Updated on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for a handful of counties in the Eastern Panhandle this weekend due to flooding from heavy rainfall.

Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, and Pendleton counties are under the state of emergency

Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A West Virginia county has declared a state of emergency over "deplorable" road conditions.

The Dominion Post cites a release from the Preston County Commission that says Thursday's proclamation asks the state to address several roads that "pose a danger for motorists, commercial traffic and first responders."

Ten West Virginia counties are under a State of Emergency due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall.

Governor Jim Justice made the declaration in an emailed statement to reporters Monday afternoon.

West Virginia Governor's Office

Last weekend’s flash flooding in northern and north-central West Virginia has caused over $10 million dollars in damages.

Eleven counties are facing damage costs totaling $10,604,778, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

West Virginia Governor's Office

Residents in northern West Virginia pulled together Sunday to begin cleaning up from flooding as Gov. Jim Justice visited areas to see the damage from recent storms.

Media reported Justice visited Mannington to survey flood damage from Friday and Saturday as well as other areas that were flooded from storms on July 23.

Flood, Clendenin
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is extending a state of emergency for five West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June.

Tomblin announced the extension until Oct. 21 for Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties to ensure that state resources are provided to rebuild homes, businesses and communities. That includes demolition and stream cleanup efforts.

Flood, Clendenin
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is maintaining a state of emergency for eight West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June.

On Monday, Tomblin announced the extension until Sept. 21 for eight of the 12 counties that have been under a state of emergency. The declaration was scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Roane County Floods
Jeff Fetty

A state of emergency for 12 West Virginia counties due to devastating floods in June could be over soon.

The state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has extended the state of emergency declared in 12 West Virginia counties impacted by last month’s flooding. 

Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties will remain under a state of emergency until August 22.

State of West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin transitioned his declared State of Preparedness to a State of Emergency Friday morning for all 55 counties in West Virginia.

The declaration allows the governor to mobilize additional resources to handle the severe weather.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has added six counties to a group of three already under a state of emergency after severe flooding.

Tomblin added Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam and Roane counties to the state of emergency Tuesday. He signed a declaration Monday for Braxton, Webster and Wood counties.

The state of emergency seeks to address the rockslides, mudslides, severe flooding and property damage that resulted from heavy rain Sunday and Monday.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Tomblin issued a State of Emergency Monday for three counties in West Virginia after heavy rainfall over the weekend that lasted into Monday morning.

The governor issued the State of Emergency for Braxton, Webster and Wood Counties, mobilizing state resources to combat severe flooding in those areas. 

 "In the past 24 hours, areas of our state have experienced rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding as a result of major storms and substantial rainfall," Tomblin said in a news release Monday. 

Perry Bennett / WV Legislative Photography

A special joint-session of the legislature was held in the House chamber Friday in response to the recent crises caused from this week’s storm. Officials wanted to explain Governor Tomblin’s State of Emergency declaration and to update lawmakers about current conditions and what they can tell their constituents affected by the storm.

Office of the Governor

Rainfall and melting snow is causing creeks and rivers to rise across West Virginia. The rising waters pushed 15 counties to dismiss students early from public schools on Wednesday.

In a release sent out Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a statewide State of Emergency. The declaration mobilizes state resources to combat severe weather conditions and ensure the safety of residents across the state.

Elk River Chemical spill
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has lifted a state of emergency for nine counties in West Virginia that were affected by a chemical spill into the Elk River by Freedom Industries that tainted the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he's days away from lifting a state of emergency over last month's chemical spill into a public water supply.

Tomblin told reporters Tuesday that "in the next several days" he hopes to end the state of emergency, which has lasted almost 41 days. Tomblin said he let the emergency declaration continue partially because of the chemical's lingering odor from some taps and showers.
 

Martin Valent / WV Legislative Photography

The House’s bill to aide small businesses during states of emergency saw significant changes in the Senate Wednesday, giving lawmakers more control of the aide program.

The original West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act included a laundry list of potential aide written into emergency rule by the director of the Department of Homeland Security and approved by the governor

Remediation Process Underway at Chemical Leak Site

Jan 10, 2014
Aaron Payne

It was more than 24 hours after a chemical leak contaminated the drinking water of nine counties in West Virginia before the public heard from the company responsible.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern started by apologizing to West Virginians who find themselves without water because of the incident at his business. He said the company has already begun the remediation process at their Charleston site and is taking extreme precautions to make sure no more of the chemical leaks into the water system.

UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:30 a.m.

As of this morning. more than 300,000 people who are customers of West Virginia American Water are being told NOT to ingest, cook, bathe, wash or boil water.

Why? A chemical spill Thursday of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol from Freedom Industries in Charleston.

On Friday, we asked five questions about the spill. Since then, we have some answers, and even more questions.

West Virginia Morning
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