Press release from Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, VA - Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in response to flooding in Virginia that has occurred as a result of the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.
"My administration remains in close contact with emergency response agencies who are dealing with continued flooding and impacts from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, and I thank State Police, VDOT, VDEM and local emergency responders from Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. for their hard work in response to these storms," Governor McDonnell said. "Rising rivers, creeks and streams, combined with significant rainfall over saturated ground continue to make treacherous and dangerous conditions for travelers and residents along the I-95 corridor. I have declared this state of emergency to assist in the response to this flooding, and I have placed all state resources on notice for deployment to affected areas as necessary."
The declared state of emergency authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the impact of persistent heavy rainfall. In addition, the declaration will allow state agencies to work with federal and local partners to further assess the impact from the storm.
Several counties and cities east of the I-95 corridor reported flash flooding overnight that stranded citizens in vehicles and may have led to three fatalities. Residents in several areas were evacuated, and at least 50 swift water rescues of citizens were completed. A bridge on Towlston Road in Fairfax County washed away. Areas east of I-95 from Caroline County north received from 4-8 inches of rain, while areas west of I-95 received up to 3 inches of rain. Some areas received up to 15 inches of rain since Sept. 5.
Under state law, the governor declares a state of emergency so that state resources can be made available. This emergency declaration ensures a fully coordinated state response to support local response and recovery efforts. A declaration also expedites timely deployment of personnel, equipment and supplies to impacted areas.
- The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing.
- Virginia Department of Transportation crews are working to clear debris and ensure roads are safe for travel.