The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency in preparation for the severe winter weather that is anticipated to hit our region beginning on February 18. This comes after severe winter weather and ice slammed our region Friday night into Saturday, downing trees and power lines.
"We saw how significant the impact that this past weekend's ice and winter weather had on our community, and we want to enable our emergency department to respond as needed in the coming days," said Bob Warren, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.
The National Weather Service is currently projecting that the majority of Pittsylvania County could be hit with over half an inch of ice, and future updates could feature higher amounts. Ice accumulations are expected to lead to downed trees and power lines, just as they did with the winter weather on February 13.
"Pittsylvania County Public Safety is doing everything it can to prepare for the upcoming ice storm, which is projected to be just as bad if not worse than this past weekend's winter weather," said Chris Slemp, Pittsylvania County Public Safety Director. "We are working closely with external agencies and the utility providers, and our emergency responders, both career and volunteer, are on standby to help the community however they can during this difficult time."
Due to the widespread power outages in the territory of all five of the utility providers that operate in Pittsylvania County, some of which are still in effect, many Pittsylvania County volunteer fire departments have been opening their doors to the public. You can keep up with which stations are open on the Pittsylvania County Public Safety Facebook page.
As a result of the winter weather from last weekend and the upcoming storm, the Board of Supervisors also elected to waive tipping fees at the Pittsylvania County landfill for all county citizens depositing storm debris for the next 90 days.