State of Emergency for Yadkin County

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

February 13, 2014

YADKINVILE - Yadkin County officials signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal.

Though Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency a day ahead of the predicted winter storm, Vestal said it was not uncommon for counties to make their own proclamation as well.

“This gives us a little more operating power in the event things get really bad,” he explained.

Within a span of 10 minutes, authorities were dispatched to three wrecks in the area, Vestal said. He recommended that residents stay off the roads.

“This is a major winter storm and everybody should focus on sheltering at home and don’t go back out,” he said

The county’s Emergency Operations Center will be open for the duration of the storm and preliminary plans for emergency shelters are in the works.

“In the event of power outages and we need to set up shelters, we will do that and let people know where those are,” Vestal said. “Right now we don’t have shelters set up because we don’t know exactly where that need will be.”

Vestal also said they had been in conference with Duke Energy and had gotten word that crews from out of state, as far away as Florida, were here to help restore downed lines and outages as soon as possible.