- The Washington Times - Friday, September 9, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in the wake of torrential rains that have slammed the state, along with the D.C. area, stranding residents, forcing evacuations, and killing at least three in Maryland and Virginia.

“My administration remains in close contact with emergency response agencies who are dealing with continued flooding and impacts from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, and I thank State Police, VDOT, VDEM and local emergency responders from Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. for their hard work in response to these storms,” Mr. McDonnell said. “Rising rivers, creeks and streams, combined with significant rainfall over saturated ground continue to make treacherous and dangerous conditions for travelers and residents along the I-95 corridor.”

The declaration allows state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the impact of persistent heavy rainfall, and will allow state agencies to work with federal and local partners to further assess the storm’s impact.