Emergency Services Letter October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

To: Wythe County

The waters from Michael are receding and the true damage from the storm is now showing. Roads have been washed out or damaged from moving water. VDOT is working hard to clear all debris and repair the damages that occurred. To find all the areas that VDOT is repairing, visit 511virginia.org or use the 511 app. If you come across an area that needs repair or VDOT’s attention, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). Please understand that these repairs may take time and VDOT is working hard to complete the repairs in a quick but safe manner.

Wythe County wants to thank its citizens for assisting in keeping everyone safe. Thanks to all the citizens that called neighbors or friends to check on them and make sure people were safe. It takes a community working together to keep everyone safe and it showed yesterday. We ask that you continue to do this as the weather changes over to cooler temperatures. Also, thank you to all the citizens who called in tips on issues in the county yesterday.

Moving forward, continue to be prepared. Visit wytheco.org to learn how to stay prepared year-round. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the more affected areas of the Commonwealth and across the Southeast United States. Thank you and Stay Safe!

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator



Veterans Memorial Highway – Dedication Celebration



WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Clyde Easter has been diligently working to preserve the memory of all veterans within the mountains of southwest Virginia.

For many years, Easter has strived to get U.S. Highway 52 through Carroll, Wythe and Bland Counties designated as Veterans Memorial Highway. Now, his dream is a reality. A dedication celebration is being held at each of the participating counties from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 20, 2018.

In a letter of support for Veterans Memorial Highway, Easter said: “Ladies and gentleman, I urge you to pass this resolution supporting the naming of U.S. Highway 52, Veterans Memorial Highway. I believe that by doing so that it would perpetuate, and preserve the memory of all veterans of all wars, those that survive, and those that gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.”

Easter said he is a twice wounded veteran of World War II.

“We know that sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance,” Easter said in his letter. “As America’s twelve million war veterans fast disappear from society’s landscape there are fewer standard bearers left to carry the torch of remembrance. Such traditions will live on only if there is a vibrant movement to which that torch can be passed.”

The dedication celebration will take place in three different counties on October 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to take part in a procession with an antique car or motorcycle in the U.S. 52 Veterans Memorial Highway Procession.

Please come show your support for Mr. Easter and all veterans at the dedication celebration during all or one of the following events:

In Bland County, the dedication ceremony starts at the Bland County Veterans’ Memorial in Rocky Gap, at 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony recognizing veterans featuring an American Legion Gun Salute and bagpipes. Following the ceremony, participants will form a procession and travel via U.S. 52 south to Austinville (approx. 52 miles).

In Wythe County, the dedication event will start at 11 a.m. and officials will honor veterans in a ceremony at the historic Shot Tower, 283 Pauley Flatwoods Rd, Austinville. Following the ceremony, the procession will leave for Hillsville, Va. via U.S. 52 south at 11:30 a.m. (approx. 15 miles).

In Carroll County, the procession should arrive in Hillsville shortly after 12 p.m. The dedication event in Carroll County will start at 1 p.m. at the stage behind Hillsville Town Hall (410 N Main St, Hillsville, Va. 24343). The event will include, recognition of local veterans, remarks by an honored guest and music. Lunch will be served.

Easter is from the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County, Va.


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Wythe County officials, please call Blake Stowers at 276-223-4522 or email Blake at wythepio@wytheco.org


Invitation for Bids – Ready Mix Road Drainage Improvements


Wythe County, Virginia, is seeking bids for the construction of drainage improvements on Ready Mix Road. The work consists of:

• 200 LF of CG-6

• 96 SY of entrance gutter

• 99 feet of 18-in HDPE pipe

• Three DI-1 drop inlets

• Two EW-1 headwalls

• Underground telephone relocate

• Minor pavement patch repair

• Erosion and sediment control

The work to be performed includes all labor, material, and equipment to complete the project.

Plans and specifications are available at the Wythe County Administrative Offices, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia, 24382, or at the following internet cloud link: https://cloud.wytheco.org/index.php/s/FYF7q0EzILFOGW5. Point of contact for further information or questions is Mr. William E. Vaughan, PE, County Engineer at phone (276) 223-4500 or email wevaughan@wytheco.org.

Bids will be received at the Wythe County Administration Offices, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 until 2:00 P.M. local prevailing time on October 30, 2018. Bidders shall comply with Virginia Code Section 54.1-1112 regarding information required with Bid. Envelopes containing Bids shall be clearly marked with the Bidder’s contractor license number.

Wythe County encourages the participation of MBE/WBE type firms.

Wythe County reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

By Order of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors

Stephen D. Bear, County Administrator




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 removers, drain openers, coal tar products, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, driveway sealers, mothballs, inks, dyes and paint thinners.

This event provides residents with an excellent opportunity to clean up around their homes for fall. Officials with the Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties stated that the contractor will have sole discretion over the acceptance or denial of any substance brought to the collection event. Appointments and scheduling are not necessary for the event.

Prohibited items will include all waste from small businesses (commercial or industrial entities, including home-based businesses), as well as explosive, radiological, asbestos or biomedical waste. Items including dynamite, nitro glycerin, blasting caps, ammunition, grenades, and fireworks are also prohibited.

Residents who have questions concerning the event are encouraged to contact the Joint Public Service Authority at 276-228-4907.

As part of an initiative to keep Southwest Virginia clean, 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. There is no cost to the resident for this event.


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 keeping the community informed. Although their work may have been unseen by the communities, they were prepared and ready to act within a moments notice to provide the best services for the citizens of Wythe County.

Moving forward our county has a lot to be proud of and looking forward, should feel comfortable knowing that Wythe County will be prepared for any emergency that we face as a community. Again, thank you for all of your hard work.

Curtis Crawford Emergency Management Coordinator

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 wytheco.org 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

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. If you should have to leave your home with your animal, make sure to pack food and water for the animal. Also make sure to have the animal’s medications, papers, and necessities.

If you decide to stay home in a flooding situation, know that you are putting yourself and family at great risk. Inland flooding is the number one cause of deaths during hurricanes. If this is what you decide, let friends or family know your where-a-bouts in case of emergencies. Power outages are a high probability as well with the winds and rains. Be prepared.

Wythe County values the lives of all the citizens. Please heed the warnings and keep informed through local media such as TV and Radio. More updates will be added to the Wythe County Webpage and Facebook page as we get closer to this event. We hope for the best but we should all prepare. Stay safe!

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Management Coordinator

RV & Camper Flood Zone Precautions



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 more information on the County’s Flood Plain Management Ordinance and flood plain mapping visit the links below.

Virginia Flood Information System link: http://cmap2.vims.edu/VaFloodRisk/vfris2.html

Wythe County Flood Plain Management Ordinance



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

• Extra Medications-your prescription and over the counter for three days

• Flashlight

• First Aid Kit

• Extra Batteries

• Whistle to signal for help

• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape in case of sheltering-in-place

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

• Wrench or Plier

• Manual can opener for food

• Local Maps

• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


Please take notice of the possible dangers that are present and have a plan for the worst. Stay alert through media outlets such as TV and radio for updates. Please visit the Wythe County webpage to sign-up for citizen alerts and like the Wythe County Facebook page to get up to date information. If you have questions please contact the Department of Emergency Management. We pray for the best for all.