GOVERNOR WARNER EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY –Flash flooding in parts of Southwest Virginia causes one confirmed fatality–

April 3, 2011  //  




News Release

Contact: Ellen Qualls
Phone: (804) 786-2211, ext. 2379
Cell:     (804) 393-9429

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2002

–Flash flooding in parts of Southwest Virginia causes one confirmed fatality–

RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner this morning extended the state of emergency he declared earlier this week related to tornado damage to include localities throughout Virginia that experienced devastating flash flooding and wind damage caused by yesterday’s severe storms.

The Governor has activated the National Guard to assist in Buchanan and Tazewell counties, where flash flooding has caused one confirmed fatality, and has damaged or destroyed an estimated 200 homes. Early reports indicate that the town of Hurley, in northern Buchanan County was particularly hard hit by yesterday’s flash flooding.

“My extension of the emergency declaration will enable the full forces of state government to
get immediately involved in the search and rescue efforts, and continue assisting citizens affected by the flash flooding, high winds and tornadoes that have devastated areas of Virginia all week,” Governor Warner said. “Representatives from the Virginia departments of Emergency Management, State Police, and Transportation have been assisting in Buchanan and Tazewell counties since last night, and now I am authorizing the National Guard to be activated to assist flood victims in Southwest Virginia.”

Buchanan County officials declared a local emergency last night and report 200 or more homes affected, 100 of which were destroyed or sustained major damage. Many areas of the northern third of the county are without power, telephones, water or sewer service. Last night there were several rescues, including six people from a school bus and two from a rooftop. There are numerous loose tanks containing potential hazardous materials throughout the Buchanan and Tazewell areas.

In addition to the flash flooding in Southwest Virginia, numerous areas of the state sustained wind damage from the severe thunderstorms that raced across the state yesterday. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management currently is gathering damage assessments from localities throughout the state and providing assistance where requested.


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund