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Posted on: October 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Oct. 2 - County declares State of Emergency, encourages residents to prepare, stay connected


A local State of Emergency was declared today at 9 a.m. by James City County Administrator, Bryan Hill. The declaration allows the County to mobilize resources to support essential functions during and after an emergency.

According to the National Weather Service, the County remains under a Flood Watch until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are expected through Saturday evening. Ponding on roadways and flooding for low lying and poor drainage areas is likely, especially where the ground is saturated.

A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4. A Coastal Flood Warning means that moderate or major flooding is occurring or imminent and coastal residents should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property.

County officials will continue to monitor weather conditions over the weekend and are prepared to take action if conditions warrant.

Residents are reminded to not underestimate the force and power of water. Do not drive or walk around barriers that indicate the road is flooded. Just 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Commercial building owners are encouraged to survey their roofs to assure that primary and secondary roof drains are not obstructed in order to avoid damage that could result from excessive water “ponding” on roof surfaces.

County residents should sign up to receive local emergency alert information at Text messaging charges may apply.

For more information, follow James City County on Facebook and Twitter, monitor local news media including TIDE Radio 92.3 FM; 107.9 WBQK FM; WMBG 740 AM; the County’s website; and JCC TV on Cox Cable 48.

Spanish-speaking residents are encouraged to visit for preparation information.

Media Contact: Renee Dallman, Senior Communications Specialist

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