Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Given the potential for significant rainfall and flooding in our area through the weekend and beyond, I want to share some storm related resources that you might find helpful. Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency for Virginia due to the multiple storm systems expected to impact the Commonwealth over the course of the next several days.

While Hurricane Joaquin is grabbing most of the headlines, other storm systems are expected to bring heavy rainfall through Sunday prior to any potential landfall by the hurricane. The ground is already saturated and many rivers and creeks are still at flood stage due to the rain we received earlier this week, making this situation very serious. Any additional rain is likely to cause flooding in some areas. Furthermore, even if the hurricane does not pass through the Valley region directly and tracks east, we still stand a good chance of receiving additional rain and high winds from the storm early next week.    

 Tips for flooding...

  •  Be prepared to evacuate. If evacuated, don't return to your home until local officials say it is safe. 
  • Use common sense and look for information. If water is rising quickly or you see a moving wall of mud or debris, immediately move to higher ground.

  • Do not walk through moving water. Look for areas where the water is not moving. What might seem like a small amount of moving water can easily knock you down. 

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If your vehicle becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground, if possible.

  • Flood water might cut off access to roads. Be prepared to stay where you are until floodwaters recede. 

 Know the weather terms and what you should do:

  • Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch: There is an increased possibility of flooding or a flash flood in your area.

  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will likely occur very soon. If emergency officials advise you to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Flash Flood Warning: Flash flooding is occurring. Seek higher ground immediately. 

Click here for additional flood preparedness information from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  You can also download the Ready Virginia mobile app here.

 If you lose power, be sure to report the outage to your respective provider.

To check road conditions, you can call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org

For general information about the storm and the response effort, dial 211 or visit www.vaemergency.gov

To get the latest local school closings, cancellations and weather conditions please visit one of our local media outlets. (www.whsv.com, www.nbc29.com, www.wsvaonline.com)

Please make sure to use 9-1-1 only for true emergencies.

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