The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 17, 2013

State of Emergency just precautionary

By Wendy Holdren
The Register-Herald

FAYETTEVILLE — Although Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has placed most of the southern part of the state under a State of Emergency during the Boy Scouts Jamboree, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is trying to let residents know that it is simply a precautionary measure.

“This is only a preparedness measure that we hopefully will not in fact need,” they stated.

Fayette, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Nicholas, Wyoming, McDowell and Kanawha counties are under a State of Emergency, but the Sheriff’s Department says this only means should an emergency or disaster occur during the time period, outside additional assets can be requested without having to wait for this declaration to be made.

“Traffic will be our biggest headache,” Capt. J.K. Sizemore said. “Avoid the area if possible, or take an alternate route.”

Roadways will still be open, but traffic may be congested at times in certain areas due to the influx of visitors with the Boy Scouts.