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SEPTEMBER 13, 2018, LYNCHBURG VA | Although recent weather reports show that the Lynchburg area is not expected to experience the full force of Hurricane Florence, Lynchburg Emergency Services officials arecautioning residents to remain vigilant. Forecasts are predicting the Lynchburg area to receive rainfall late this weekend, possibly for prolonged periods of time. Additionally, wind gusts could reach 20 to 35 mph. These conditions could result in downed trees and power lines. Residents, especially those in low-lying areas and near creeks, should be aware that there is the potential for flooding as well. Should it become necessary to evacuate residents in the flood prone areas, a shelter will be set up at the Salvation Army located at 2215 Park Avenue.
Residents are encouraged to follow the City on social media for updates and to sign up for the City’s emergency notification system at www.LynchburgAlerts.com. Citizens should only call 9-1-1 for emergencies. Road condition information is available by calling 5-1-1, and general information concerning sheltering and other hurricane related information is available by calling 2-1-1.
Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned not to remove or go around barricades. Do not touch downed power lines. Downed lines may still be live, and touching them could results in serious injury or death. Please keep in mind that trees that have fallen on public property cannot be removed until the power lines are deactivated.
Residents who experience damage to their property may self-report the damage by visiting www.lynchburgva.gov/hurricane. Please note that this form is only intended to report damage for the purposes of a State or Federal Disaster Declaration reporting. It is not intended to report an emergency or immediate life safety issue. Anyone with an emergency should dial 9-1-1.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018, LYNCHBURG VA | The City Manager, Bonnie Srvcek declareda local state of emergency for Lynchburg, VA effective immediately. Declaring a state of emergency allows the City Manager to request additional funding resources if needed in the event of a disaster. Read the story from the Press Conference held at 11:30 a.m. today via Lynchburg News & Advance.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2018, LYNCHBURG VA | Lynchburg residents are urged to prepare for the possibility of heavy winds, rain, and potential flooding as a result of the effects of Hurricane Florence. According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), this hurricane may be Virginia’s most significant hurricane event in decades. Governor Ralph Northam has declared Virginia under a state of emergency and is encouraging residents to prepare now.
The City of Lynchburg is also encouraging residents to begin preparations now. Recent heavy rains have resulted in the ground already being water logged and will set the stage for potential flooding, especially in low-lying areas of the city. The area may also experience heavy winds with downed trees and a loss of power.
Although the coast of Virginia will receive the worse of the hurricane, Central Virginia residents should not take the storm lightly. Now is the time to prepare - Make a Kit, Get a Plan, and Stay Informed. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Lynchburg Alerts, the City’s emergency notification system, by registering at www.LynchburgAlerts.com.
Don’t wait until it is too late to prepare!