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Va. Gov Declares State Of Emergency

11:56 AM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
Gov. Bob McDonnell
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(WUSA9) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning, which authorizes state agencies to help local governments respond to the snow storm.

Some places along the northern Interstate 81 corridor have already received more than 12 inches of snow, reports the governor's office. Additionally, approximately 170,000 customers in Virginia are without power, according to state officials.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has held weather conference calls with the National Weather Service, state agencies and local governments, says McDonnell's office.

According to State officials, the Virginia Department of Transportation has more than 2,400 pieces of equipment, more than 7,000 pieces of hired equipment and more than 800 pieces of interstate contractor equipment to use on snow-and ice control. "VDOT also has 335,000 tons of salt and 125,000 tons of sand and abrasives on hand," according to a press release from the governor's office.

Officials also say in the press release: "In northern Virginia, VDOT has one snow removal program for high volume roads such has Interstates 66, 95, 395, 495, Routes 1, 7, 15, 28, 50, Fairfax County Parkway, Prince William Parkway, etc.), and another snow removal program for subdivisions (main thoroughfares in neighborhoods, residential streets and cul de sacs). Crews will be working on high volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently."

Virginia State Police have fielded 1,346 calls for service, including more than 367 traffic crashes and 237 disabled vehicles as of 10 a.m. Police report that most crashes have happened in the Metro Richmond region and the Augusta County-Charlottesville area. No traffic deaths were reported.  

Officials suggest that if you must travel, then you should check road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org/

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