Several bands of severe thunderstorms moved through West Virginia in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 23, 2016. These storms brought high winds and torrential downpours, overwhelming numerous rivers and streams and triggering flash flooding while also downing trees and causing power outages.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin initially declared a State of Emergency for Greenbrier and Nicholas counties on June 23. Later that day, Gov. Tomblin expanded that proclamation to include 42 additional counties. On Wednesday, June 29, Gov. Tomblin ended the State of Emergency for all but a dozen of these counties.
Gov. Tomblin extended the State of Emergency on August 22 for the following eight counties, allowing for continued state resources to support residents and communities affected by the June flooding: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Roane, Summers and Webster.
“Nearly two months after this flooding devastated parts of our state, West Virginians in these eight counties continue on the road to recovery under emergency conditions,” Gov. Tomblin said. “With this extended State of Emergency, we are ensuring state resources continue to be available for families and communities where tough conditions remain.”
The State of Emergency originally declared on June 23 will remain in effect for these eight counties until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
The State of Emergency for Jackson, Lincoln, Monroe and Pocahontas counties expired at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016.