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.
If you lose power, be sure to report the outage to your respective provider.
- Dominion - 1-866-366-4357 or report online
- Shenandoah Valley Electric Coop. - 1-800-234-7832
- Central Virginia Electric Coop. - 800-367-2832
- Appalachian Power – 1-800-956-4237 or online
Please make sure to use 9-1-1 only for true emergencies.