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State of emergency issued as flooding hits parts of Southwest Virginia

Severe weather expected to impact Virginians over next 24 hours

ROANOKE, Va. – As parts of Virginia see heavy rain and widespread flooding, Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency on Thursday evening.

The severe weather has shut down roads and caused widespread flooding, especially in parts of southwest Virginia.

More than 500 residents in and around the town of Richlands, in Tazewell County, have been displaced by flooding and needed rescue from their homes, according to emergency officials.

“I urge all Virginians to monitor forecasts, and be prepared to obey local evacuation orders if needed. We are grateful to first responders who are working to rescue people from flooded homes and keep citizens safe,” said Gov. Northam in a statement.

Officials also remind citizens not to drive over any flooded roads, as it only takes six inches of water to move a vehicle.

For emergency preparedness updates, click here.

10 News has crews tracking the storms across the area.

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