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Gov. Justice Declares State of Emergency

AM Stone | WVOW News

CHARLESTON West Virginia Governor Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency for the entire state of WVa this evening following a day of rain and thunderstorms.

A statement from the Governor’s office sited numerous road closures from creeks and streams that have spilled from their banks. Along with high water, numerous mudslides have made roads impassable.

In Lincoln County, several road closures are in effect as of 7 o’clock Thursday evening. A landslide in the 2100 block of Guyan River Road has closed the road totally. Landslides also closed Route 3 in West Hamlin near One Mile and Route 10 at Harts. High water at Two Mile, Four Mile and Route 3 at Duval.

Students have been stuck at school today. Harts PreK-8 students were delayed getting home but arrived home around 4:30 p.m., the Vice Principal told 13News.

Students are still at school at Lincoln County High School and Duval PreK-8, according to a statement from Lincoln County Schools.

Students that live in the Duvall area are supervised and have been fed, according to the statement. Students will be delivered home by bus once roads are cleared for transport.

Flood warnings are in effect until 10:30 p.m. Thursday night for Lincoln, Logan, Boone, Mingo, Wayne, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Mason, Putnam and Roane counties.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for thunderstorms and heavy rain through early morning Friday, February sixteenth.

Governor Justice has directed the West Virginia Management Division to implement flood response plans. The State of Emergency will remain effective for thirty days, unless terminated by proclamation.

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