Posted by Terry Alexander - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Timothy M. Kaine declared a State of Emergency for Virginia last night in response to the combined effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida and a coastal Nor'easter. The declaration immediately directs state agencies to take necessary actions to protect the health and safety of citizens throughout the Commonwealth.
"With the National Weather Service indicating that eastern Virginia could experience flooding and storm surge comparable to the affects of a Category 1 hurricane, it's critical that Virginians make the necessary preparations," said Governor Kaine. "While we will continue to monitor conditions, the Commonwealth is preparing for a period of coastal flooding through at least Friday evening."
Depending on rainfall amounts, there is a potential for river flooding in other areas of the state. With this evening's declaration, the Governor is delegating authority to local governments to direct mandatory evacuations of citizens in low-lying areas if such action becomes necessary.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is coordinating with local officials and state agencies as well as the National Weather Service. The Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard, and the departments of Game and Inland Fisheries, Social Services and Transportation are preparing to assist local governments as necessary.
Additional measures that should be taken by citizens statewide--especially those in low-lying areas--include:
- Listening to local radio and TV stations for updated weather information and instructions from emergency officials.
- Making a plan now for travel, route, and destination in the event that an evacuation is ordered in your area.
Residents of coastal Virginia can determine if their homes are located in a storm surge area by visiting: www.vaemergency.com/threats/hurricane/stormsurge.cfm
Stayed to NBC12 and NBC12.com for the latest updates.