Posted by Colby Rogers - email
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Tim Kaine has declared a state of emergency in response to a winter storm that swept through Virginia.
The declaration Monday authorizes state agencies to step in to help local governments deal with the snow and the power outages, road closures and other problems it created.
Kaine said in a release that counties, cities and towns were coping well with the most widespread winter storm to come through Virginia in eight years. But the governor said he wanted state agencies to be available to help if needed.
The Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management has staffed an emergency operations center to coordinate state response to the storm.
The Virginia National Guard is on standby to respond as needed.