Berkeley County officials prepare for any impacts of Hurricane Florence

West Virginia

While weather forecasts show hurricane impacts in our region will be minimal, officials in Berekely County, W. Va., want to be prepared for anything. 

Officials with Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Berkeley County spoke to the County Council on Thursday. They have plans in place with the Sheriff’s Department, Department of Highway, and other local, state, and federal agencies.

Emergency officials have acquired fuel in case of power outages, shelters, and food sources for residents. They say there biggest concern is flooding that they have already experienced this year. 

“We encourage residents not to drive through the water,” said Randy Lilly, Emergency Services Manager. “You maybe driving on the roadway that looks like it got six inches of water on it. However, if the water has been running across that roadway for a period of time, the roadway can be washed out underneath of that. Where it looks like it is six inches is now three feet and you do not know that until you get into it and it could be life threatening.” 

Weather officials said our four state region won’t be seeing any impacts from Hurricane Florence until next week. 

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