Department of Emergency Management Letter for September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

Citizens of Wythe County

Hurricane Florence has arrived to the Southeast coast of the United States. Florence is still a slow-moving storm that is unloading a large amount of rain. The National Weather Service has forecasted this morning for the rains to begin hitting Wythe County on Saturday evening and continue through Monday. The bulk of the storm will affect us Sunday and Monday. Please be aware that this storm could still cause hazards for Wythe County.

If you live in a flood prone area, please still heed the warnings to prepare in case floods come. Even if it is not raining here, rain at the head waters of the New River could cause flooding in Wythe County. Please make plans to have safe shelter in case of flooding conditions. Whether it is with friends, family or a hotel, please make the arrangements now. Also, please take into account all animals under your care.

Mudslides can also be an issue if we get large amounts of rainfall. Please take this into account as well. Be prepared in case you become trapped and make sure you have the proper supplies.

Information is the best way to stay prepared. Please continue to stay tuned to local media (TV and Radio). Go to and sign up for citizens alerts. Monitor our Facebook page as well. All three will keep you informed for changes with Florence. Everyone please stay safe.


Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Management Coordinator