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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

The event is open to all Wythe and Bland residents. The day will be held at the Transfer Station located at 169 Kents Lane in Wytheville, Va. from 8 a.m. to noon.

According to officials, acceptable items for the disposal day include: computers and monitors, copiers, TV’s, ballasts, fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, poisons and corrosives.

Acceptable items also include: all kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, gardening supplies, pool chemicals, poisons, all automotive fluids, floor care products, glues, wood preservatives, varnishes, paints, solvents, stains, creosote products, mercury products, rust r...

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Department of Emergency Management Letter for September 18

September 18, 2018

Citizens of Wythe County

Florence has moved North and away from Virginia. Although some of the effects are still in the county, we have survived with minor issues. Our hearts and prayers are with the communities of the Carolinas and Virginia that were so greatly impacted by this storm.

Wythe County would like to take a moment to thank all of its citizens for being prepared and making preparation to be safe during this storm. It takes everyone in the county working together to provide the safest community that we can. Thank you for being prepared.

Wythe County would also like to thank the First Responders (Firefighter and EMS), Law Enforcement Offices (Town Police and Sheriff’s Office), Public Works, and County and Town officials that helped in staying prepared and keepin...

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Wythe County Hurricane Florence Update

Wythe County Hurricane Florence Update:

Emergency Management officials continue to monitor the situation. The New River is forecasted to rise 15 feet in the next 24 hours. Residents along the New River are encouraged to be vigilant and be prepared to move if necessary. The American Red Cross has a shelter open at the Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church.

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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...

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Department of Emergency Management Letter for September 12, 2018

Florence continues to be projected to affect our county. With the recent amount of precipitation that we have accumulated over the past month, Wythe County is in prime condition for flooding with very minimal additional rainfall. The Department of Emergency Management is urging citizens in areas that are prone to flooding to make arrangements now. If you live in one of these areas, please heed the warnings and be prepared. Make arrangements for safe shelter outside of the affected area. Flood waters and damages from them could last 48 hours or more. Whether you go to family or friends houses or a hotel, this could be safer than trying to ride the floods out at home.

If you have animals, plan for them as well. Don’t leave animals in flooding areas, make plans for them...

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RV & Camper Flood Zone Precautions

ATTENTION

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OWNERS

In light of the upcoming event of hurricane Florence, there is a potential for large amounts of rainfall which could cause flooding in low lying areas and especially in the designated flood zones of Wythe County. We would like to remind everyone to please take precautions and move your camper or RV out of these areas before it’s to late. A camper swept away by flood waters could cause a dangerous situation if it prevents the flow of water under a bridge. Please remove any items that are an accessory to your camper that may have the potential to float such as propane tanks. If there are questions or concerns or you are not sure if you’re in a flood zone, contact the Wythe County Building Department and we will help you assess the flood zones.

For mo...

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Department of Emergency Management Letter – Hurricane Florence

September 11, 2018

To: Citizens of Wythe County

We have been receiving phone calls to our Emergency Communications Center about the upcoming storms. Wythe County would like to address the situation. Hurricane Florence looks from reports to be heading towards the Carolinas and moving inland. The direct path still has time to change and may vary from the predictions. In any case, the Department of Emergency Management urges the citizens of Wythe County to take steps to always be in a state of readiness no matter the situation.

Households should have:

• Water- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

• Food- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert...

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Strong Winds Expected to Move Into Wythe County This Evening

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County’s Emergency Management Team is currently monitoring the potential impact the remnants of Hurricane Irma may have on Southwest Virginia.

According to reports from the National Weather Service, the storm moving into our region “will lead to increasing easterly winds tonight into Tuesday morning.”

Weather Service meteorologists say the strongest winds will occur across the higher elevations along the southern Blue Ridge and foothills as well as parts of the Mountain Empire region of southwest Virginia tonight.

The strong easterly winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, could combine with wet soils to bring down trees. Such a scenario could lead to isolated power outages in the locality.

Due to the possibility of power outages, residents are being encouraged to...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOST HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day this coming month on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

The event, which is open to all Wythe and Bland residents, will be held at the Transfer Station located at 169 Kents Lane in Wytheville from 8 a.m. to noon.

Part of the counties’ initiative to keep Southwest Virginia litter-free, the hazardous waste collection day will provide local residents with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted items that typically are not accepted at local convenience centers – at no cost to the citizen.

Acceptable items include computers and monitors, copiers, TVs, ballasts, fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, poisons and corrosives.

Organizers of the two cou...

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COUNTY PRAISES VDOT FOR SEAMLESS BRIDGE REPAIR IN MAX MEADOWS

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County officials are attributing great communications and inter-governmental cooperation for being the key components in allowing a bridge replacement in the Max Meadows community to go off without any issues earlier last week.

Beginning at 7 pm on Monday, July 31, VDOT contractors closed the entrance to Millers Creek Rd. with plans of the keeping the road closed for twelve hours as workers removed the existing bridge structure, replacing it with a prefabricated bridge.

Though necessary, the work would leave the dozens of residents of the Millers Creek community without a main entrance, effectively isolating the landowners from the rest of the county.

“Anytime you look at leaving an entire community cutoff from emergency personnel, it’s a serious situation,” sai...

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