- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in Virginia (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

The Virginia National Guard is activating about 20 soldiers to help with flood response operations in Alleghany and Botetourt counties.

The national guard announced Friday morning in a statement that the soldiers with Humvees and light and medium tactical trucks are expected to ready to assist local law enforcement and emergency response organizations by late morning. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to expected flooding along the Jackson River.

Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, director of the joint staff for the Virginia National Guard, says personnel and vehicles are being moved into position to respond rapidly if needed. He says they expect that the vehicles will be used to transport emergency services personnel through high water for damage assessments and to help anyone in danger.


9:30 a.m.

Officials say three emergency workers were injured during a water rescue in Alleghany County.

Botetourt County Battalion Chief Andrew Moore said by telephone Friday that one worker fell in the water during a rescue in Alleghany County on Thursday night. He says the worker is in critical but stable condition. He says two other workers hurt while rescuing their colleague received minor injuries and were released from a hospital.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in Alleghany County and Covington on Thursday in response to severe weather and flooding. Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Karla Ramos says the agency is in response mode, but flood waters are expected to recede rapidly Friday.

Alleghany County Public Safety Director Ryan Muterspaugh says the area saw the worst flooding it has seen since 2004. He says some areas were evacuated and people had to be rescued from two homes by boat. He says the Jackson River and creeks in the area have crested and damage assessment teams are headed out Friday morning.

Dominion Power reports about 2,100 customers without power statewide.


7 a.m.

Virginia’s governor has declared a state of emergency in Alleghany County and Covington after severe weather and flooding.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Thursday night that a state of emergency has been declared, allowing state agencies to bypass some time-consuming procedures to quickly help local governments.

The Virginia Department of Transportation warns that more than a dozen Alleghany County roads are closed Friday morning due to flooding and there are reports of downed trees and utility lines. Dominion Power reports about 1,700 customers without power statewide.

The National Weather Service reports that about 4.75 inches of rain were measured in the Eagle Rock area of Botetourt County in the 24 hours ending at 6 a.m. Friday. About 4 inches was reported in the Dunlap Creek area near Covington in Alleghany County.

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