CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for Braxton, Webster and Wood counties after severe flooding.
Tomblin signed the state of emergency declaration Monday.
The state of emergency seeks to address the rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding that resulted from heavy rain Sunday night and Monday morning.
State agencies have workers in the three counties assessing damages.
Tomblin also issued a state of preparedness for 35 more of West Virginia’s 55 counties. Another storm is expected Monday.
The state of emergency can trigger federal assistance if certain thresholds are met. It also doesn’t provide for direct individual assistance.
The state of preparedness was introduced into state law last year to allow advance preparation before predicted severe weather or large-scale threats.
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