Richmond's emergency operations center will be open

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Richmond is under a state of emergency from now through the presidential inauguration.

Mayor Dwight Jones declared the emergency Friday.

Richmond is so close to the nation's Capitol, the city will be on high alert all weekend.

Traffic on I-95 is expected to be backed up anywhere from 30 miles to 80 miles south of D.C.

"We're anticipating a lot of travelers coming through our area, heading to the D.C. area," said Richmond city spokesperson Mike Wallace. "There's potential for any type of incident, make sure we're ready in the event something happens."

Tuesday, up to 32 city agency members will staff the a specialized emergency response dispatch room.

They'll work with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and State Police to share real time information.

They'll be ready to dispatch crews in our area or across the state at a moment's notice.

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