2-18-23 UPDATE: State Emergency Operations Center Activated due to Flooding, Hazardous Weather


​​Emergency Management Division Regional Updates
Region I—Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties.

  • Waters are receding but a few homes did receive water in crawl spaces.
  • As water froze overnight, some wrecks were reported this morning.

Region II—Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tyler and Wetzel counties.

  • Most high-water issues for this event were reported in Harrison and Marion counties.
  • Both counties report no issues this morning.

Region III—Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties.

  • No issues reported for Region III during this event.

Region IV—Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.

  • High water was reported in Pocahontas County. As of this report, water was back within the banks and no issues were reported.

Region V—Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming counties.

  • One fatality was reported in Pax, Fayette County late Friday afternoon.
  • Also in Fayette County, one church and a few homes reported water within the structure.
  • One home in Wyoming County reported water inside the home.
  • Currently, no roads are closed.
  • Road cleanup continues in some areas.

Region VI—Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, and Wayne counties.

  • All students who were stranded at schools by flood waters were safely returned to their homes by 7 p.m. on Friday.
  • Water is receding, and agencies are pausing to assess conditions and assure the safety of responders before cleanup begins today.

As conditions improve, Emergency Managers whose areas experienced hazardous weather or flooding will begin damage surveys within their jurisdictions. If your home has damages from this event, please report them to your county emergency management agency.

Should this event result in a request for Federal assistance, WVEMD will post a form on www.emd.wv.gov so citizens may enter damage reports. Please contact your local emergency manager if you have questions regarding assessing damages.

“Some good news we received today came from Lincoln County Emergency Manager Allen Holder. He praised the mitigation projects completed there over the past year," said WVEMD Director GE McCabe. “The projects prevented additional homes from flood damage during this storm. I'm proud to report mitigation projects in other areas worked as intended as well, making a real difference in preventing damages."

No requests for assistance or resources have been received in the last 24 hours. Resources are positioned for quick deployment and the SEOC remains activated and ready to respond should assistance be needed

Original Release
February 17, 2023

On February 16, Gov. Justice declared a State of Emergency, directing the West Virginia Emergency Management Division (WVEMD) to activate the State Emergency Operations Plan.

Activating the plan places personnel and resources from all State agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR), the Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), the National Guard (WVNG) and the Division of Highways (WVDOH) on call should they be needed.

Due to the continuing threat of flooding and hazardous weather, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) was activated at 10:00 a.m. on February 17, 2023. 

WVEMD, state agencies, voluntary organizations, and local partners work together using an Emergency Management Information System (EMIS), which connects State and local agencies in real-time to track events as they unfold, situation reports and resource requests from local emergency management agencies.

“EMD monitors for events that may harm West Virginians 24 hours a day. During times of flooding or other emergencies, we remain in close contact with all local emergency management agencies, and remain ready to respond," said WVEMD Director GE McCabe. “We've activated the SEOC and, along with our partners, will work together to meet any request for assistance or resources, and to keep our citizens safe." 

A Flood Warning from the National Weather Service is set to expire at 4:16 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, for portions of central West Virginia and southern West Virginia, including Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, and Webster. In southern West Virginia, Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Raleigh, and Wyoming.

Check National Weather Service Watches, Warnings or Advisories for all areas of West Virginia here

West Virginia Emergency Management Division Response Update:
The WV EMD is in constant communication with local emergency management agencies in all 55 counties to offer state-level support for emergency response. All local emergency management agencies will participate in daily SEOC briefings and submit situational updates as they occur. 

Currently, the WVEMD is tracking high water in Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Harrison, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming Counties. Please note that as events progress, counties may be added or removed from this listing. 
There have also been swift water rescues in Fayette, Lincoln and other counties by local emergency management agencies and volunteer fire departments with no injuries reported at this time. Currently, there have been no requests to deploy the WVNG to assist with swift water rescues.

As the rain turns to snow in some parts of our state, we ask citizens to be especially careful when traveling this evening and into Saturday morning. With water on the ground and swiftly dropping temperatures, roads and walkways are likely to become extremely hazardous. 

If you must travel, reduce speeds and maintain extra distance between your vehicle and others. Visit wv511.org for current road conditions.
West Virginia Division of Highways Response Update:
Heavy rain from Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, into Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, has impacted roads in several West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) districts.

Several roads across the state are experiencing complete closures, lane closures or slides due to high water.

Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency for all of West Virginia's 55 counties on Thursday due to expected impacts of the heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

As of Friday morning, nearly 50 roads in the state were closed due to high water.  Heavily impacted counties include Logan, Wyoming, Clay, Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln, Wayne, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Nicholas.

The West Virginia Division of Highways reminds drivers to turn around when they encounter high water; do not drive into the water.  ​

Contact Information

Lora D Lipscomb, Public Information Officer