HUNTINGTON, – Huntington Mayor Steve Williams declared a state of emergency for the city on Friday.
Warning of flash floods for parts of the region.
“The city of Huntington experienced a widespread flood that began this morning,” the announcement read.
It continues as of noon on May 6, 2022, causing severe damage to public and private property, and disruption of utility services.
and endangering the health and safety of Huntington’s citizens in the disaster area.”
“I declare a state of emergency for the City of Huntington, effective immediately. This is a critical step to ensure that recovery resources and funding are delivered quickly.
It is also a vital step in raising public awareness about the severity of this unprecedented flood, which brought several inches of rain in a short period of time.
The warning is in effect until 4 pm. The National Weather Service describes this event as a serious and life-threatening situation.
Do not attempt to travel unless you are leaving a flood-prone area or under an evacuation order.
“I strongly encourage all Huntington residents to keep a close eye on weather updates and emergencies from our first responders, seek higher ground if necessary and make no attempts to drive through the water.
Firefighters, police officers, public works crews and workers with the City of Huntington’s Water Quality Board are working hard to mitigate the effects of this emergency.
I also commend the cooperation and assistance from county and state emergency responders,” Mayor Williams continued.