|Yesterday, Gov. Justice declared a State of Emergency for Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam, and Wayne counties after winter storms occurring over the past week caused numerous power outages and road blockages in those areas. The Governor also declared a State of Preparedness for the state’s remaining 51 counties with further winter storms forecast for the days ahead.
“This is expected to be a heavy, wet snow, which will cause additional tree damage and power outages,” Gov. Justice said. “I have asked my Emergency Management Division to continue to be on high-alert to coordinate response to this storm.”
The Governor urged any West Virginians who need information on Warming Centers to call 211 for assistance.
He also announced that the West Virginia Division of Highways is once again making preparations to combat the next wintry blast expected to strike the state.
“Crews will be on the roads before the storm hits, during the storm, and after the storm until all roads are cleared,” Gov. Justice said. “The salt sheds have been replenished and are full. Our snow plow drivers will be working 12 hour shifts. So, really, if you’re out on the road, and you see a snow plow that’s doing great work, don’t crowd it, don’t run right up on it.”
Motorists encountering a snow plow should stay back 100 feet to give the driver space and to avoid salt that may be coming from the back of the plow.
“These guys and ladies are doing a phenomenal job, and you’ve got to be really respectful and cautious and try to help them do this great job,” Gov. Justice said.
The Governor went on to add that 911 centers across the state have received a lot of welfare check requests for elderly West Virginians over the past week, and he urged more West Virginians to remember to check on their neighbors.
“You know it’s going to get really cold, you know we’re going to have a lot of snow, you know people are going to lose power, and you know your neighbor may be sitting alone with no one to check on them,” Gov. Justice said. “Come on, West Virginia. Check up on people. We can’t have neighbors, especially our elderly, with nobody checking on them. Step up and try to help your neighbors.”