CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 16, 2015) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday issued a State of Emergency for Kanawha and Fayette counties. This declaration follows a CSX train derailment affecting residents of both counties.
See photos from the Governor’s visit to the site today, Feb. 17:PHOTOS
The Register-Herald of Beckley has also posted several photos by Chris Jackson from the site:Register-Herald PHOTOS
“Declaring a State of Emergency ensures that residents of both Kanawha and Fayette counties have the access they need to resources necessary to handle all stages of the emergency,” Gov. Tomblin said. “State officials are on site and will continue to work with local and federal officials, as well as CSX representatives, throughout the incident.”
Monday, a 109-car CSX train traveling from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va., derailed near the Mt. Carbon area of Fayette County. The train, carrying Bakken crude oil, derailed at approximately 1:20 p.m.
Officials at the Montgomery and Cedar Grove water intakes continue to monitor the situation. Customers served by those utilities are urged to conserve water.
Photos of the Governor’s visit to the site are posted here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/governortomblin/sets/72157650873189971/