Governor Declares State of Emergency

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Joe Manchin has issued a state of emergency effective immediately for West Virginia due to severe weather and flash-floods.

Manchin spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg says damage is still being assessed.

Ramsburg says the timing of the declaration doesn't affect the state's ability to get county officials the resources they need to deal with the flooding.

Heavy rains brought severe flooding to southern West Virginia this morning, resulting in dozens of people being evacuated from their homes.

The National Weather Service says up to two-and-a-half inches of rain have fallen across the region since yesterday. By this afternoon, most of the heavy rains had ended.

The state of emergency will remain in effect for 30 days.

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