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Henrico County declares state of emergency

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Posted at 8:23 PM, Jul 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-01 20:24:25-04

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) Henrico County has officially declared a local emergency, along with 35 other counties in the Commonwealth.

The county manager declared a state of emergency for the county at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, according to Anna McRay, the Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management, Division of Fire.

On Saturday Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency for the state of Va., which allowed him to call in the National Guard and access certain state resources.

McRay explained that the local declaration allows the county to bring in extra people and allows them to more easily get equipment, supplies and staff to help in the situation.  It also allows the county to work more closely with the state.  McRay said that there is no major situation or looming danger going on except restoration of power.

Those localities that declared a state of emergency are as follows, based on the Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management website.  The ones in bold are the most recently declared counties.

Local Emergencies Declared (36):

  • Albemarle County
  • Alexandria, City of
  • Alleghany County
  • Amherst County
  • Arlington County
  • Augusta County
  • Bath County
  • Bedford County
  • Botetourt County
  • Charlotte County
  • Craig County
  • Fairfax County
  • Falls Church, City of
  • Franklin County
  • Gloucester County
  • Greene County
  • Henrico County
  • Highland County
  • Louisa County
  • Lynchburg, City of
  • Martinsville, City of
  • Middlesex County
  • Nelson County
  • Orange County
  • Page County
  • Pittsylvania County
  • Pulaski County
  • Radford, City of
  • Roanoke County
  • Rockbridge County
  • Rockingham County
  • Shenandoah County
  • Stafford County
  • Tazewell County
  • Vinton, Town of
  • Waynesboro, City of

There are 26 local emergency operation centers opened:

  • Albemarle County/Charlottesville, City of
  • Alexandria, City of
  • Arlington County
  • Bath County
  • Botetourt County
  • Charlotte County
  • Craig County
  • Fairfax City
  • Fairfax County
  • Franklin County
  • Goochland County
  • Henrico County
  • Henry County
  • Highland County
  • Loudoun County
  • Martinsville, City of
  • Middlesex County
  • Nelson County
  • Page County
  • Pittsylvania County

 As many as 120 cooling centers have opened throughout the Commonwealth due to this event. You can view those here: http://www.vaemergency.com/news/news-releases/cooling-shelters

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