Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today urged West Virginians to use caution, following the storms that passed through the state. Due to severe storms that have caused continuous heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, mudslides, power outages along with road and stream blockages, Gov. Tomblin signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for Roane County.
"Many counties were impacted by heavy storms last night, but Roane County experienced severe damage and flooding--including water damage at the county's emergency operations center. I'm grateful for the staff at Jackson County's emergency center for quickly providing support to the residents of Roane County. State resources are in place and National Guard, State Police, Division of Highways, and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are working alongside local responders and the American Red Cross, helping address the community's needs," Gov. Tomblin said. "My office has reached out to each of our 55 counties to make sure they have the resources they need. I continue to encourage residents to avoid areas damaged by the storms--and please do not drive through high water."
At the height of the storm, approximately 38,000 electricity customers in West Virginia were without power. Utility companies across the state report power restoration activities have since reduced the number of outages to approximately 34,500 with work continuing to bring all customers back on line.