Virginia Governor Declares State of Emergency in Response to Flooding

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency Thursday night amid torrential rainfall and flooding that impacted Southwest Virginia.

The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) has been monitoring heavy rainfall and severe flash flooding events that started moving through the southwestern region of the Commonwealth on July 27.

“With more rainfall forecasted over the next few days, we want to lean forward in providing as many resources possible to assist those affected. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance as needed,” Youngkin said.’

In an executive order, Youngkin directed state and local governments to provide appropriate assistance to the state of emergency, alleviate any conditions resulting from the situation, and implement recovery and mitigation operations to return affected areas to “pre-event conditions as much as possible.”

The Commonwealth said it is assisting with ongoing response and recovery operations and providing assets and supplies to its local partners.


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