Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declares state of emergency due to flooding

In order to aid in response and recovery activities in reaction to the effects of heavy rain and severe floods, Governor Glenn Youngkin issued a state of emergency today.

In a press release on the Virginia state government’s website the administration stated that, “On Tuesday, July 12, the Southwest region began to experience severe weather, which persisted throughout the early hours of Wednesday, July 13.

Flash flooding, power outages, damage to roads and other infrastructure, and severe resource and operational issues were all brought on by heavy rainfall in Buchanan County.

The Commonwealth is lending a hand with ongoing response and recovery efforts, including supplying our local partners with equipment and supplies. This incident will still receive assistance from the Virginia Emergency Support Team.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that another flood has impacted a community still recovering from last year’s flood,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.

“In the wake of the devastation, I want Virginians in Buchanan County to know that we are making every resource available to help those impacted by this storm.

The governor thanked first responders and the staff on the ground for helping with our ongoing activities in Buchanan County as we continue to analyze the situation.

He also asked that the citizens in his state join him in prayer to lift up our their fellow Virginians affected by the tragedy while rescue and recovery efforts continue.

The Commonwealth can mobilize resources, send personnel and equipment on the ground, and declare a state of emergency to support response and recovery activities.

Officials from Virginia are now able to coordinate the allocation of resources with our regional and local partners thanks to the declaration. Private enterprises and individuals are not covered by this action.