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Hurricane Florence, a very strong Category 4 storm, is currently expected to make landfall in the Carolinas later this week. Current forecasts are that central Virginia could potentially see prolonged, heavy rains and Tropical Storm Force winds.
Heavy rainfall could continue for a prolonged period and may last until early next week. The duration and intensity is dependent on the track Hurricane Florence takes and where it stalls over North Carolina.
On Monday, September 10, 2018 Goochland County Administrator, John A. Budesky, acting as the Director of Emergency Management declared the existence of a local emergency for Goochland County pursuant to the authority granted by Virginia Code § 44-146.21 (a). Due to Hurricane Florence, Goochland County is facing a possible condition of extreme peril which necessitates the proclamation of the existence of an emergency in order to provide mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery to protect life and property.
Residents should be prepared for rising waters, flash flooding, flooded roadways, and significant wind related damage. This will result in widespread power outages that may last for an extended time frame. Minor fluctuations in the forecast track are still expected. However, now is a good time to review hurricane preparedness plans and ensure you are prepared. Here's a good Make a Plan checklist: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
“I strongly encourage all residents to begin planning and preparing immediately,” noted County Administrator John A. Budesky, “If Hurricane Florence continues on its forecasted track it has the potential to be extremely damaging to Goochland.”
Everyone who lives or works in Goochland is urged to register for Goochland’s CodeRED emergency alert system. This system is used by Goochland County to communicate with citizens during emergencies. For more information and to sign up visit: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/1380BACA5A57.
In addition, residents are encouraged to follow Goochland County’s social media channels and website (www.goochlandva.us) for official notifications year-round. Facebook pages: Goochland County Government, Goochland County Sheriff’s Office, Goochland County Fire-Rescue, Goochland County Animal Protection, Goochland County Public Schools, and Goochland County Parks & Recreation. Twitter pages:
Goochland County Government (@GoochlandGovtVA) and Goochland County Public Schools (@glndschools). In order to receive notifications from Goochland’s website (www.goochlandva.us), citizens will need to create a profile; which can be done at https://www.goochlandva.us/MyAccount/ProfileCreate?from=url&url=/&dn=http://www.goochlandva.us&dn=www.goochlandva.us.
In the event that residents lose power and need to receive emergency notifications, they can visit one of Goochland’s Fire-Rescue stations for information.
· Fire Rescue Co. 1 – Manakin
180 River Road West, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103
· Fire Rescue Co. 2 - Crozier
1529 River Road West, Crozier, VA 23039
· Fire Rescue Co. 3 – Centerville
52 Broad Street Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103
· Fire-Rescue Co. 4 - Fife
2397 Hadensville-Fife Road, Goochland, VA 23063
· Fire Rescue Co. 5 – Courthouse
2710 Fairground Rd., Goochland, VA 23063
· Fire Rescue Co. 6 – Hadensville
4810 Three Chopt Rd., Louisa, VA 23093
With the arrival of tropical storm force winds and heavy rains beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend, Virginians can expect widespread road closures and power outages. Motorists should visit 511Virginia.org or Call 511 for the latest road conditions and report outages to Dominion Energy at dom.com or (866) 366-4357, to Central Virginia Electric Cooperative at mycvec.com or 1-800-367-2832, and to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative at myrec.coop or 1-800-552-3904.