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State of Emergency in Dickenson County due to rain, flooding

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UPDATE: Thacker said he is encouraging anyone in low lying areas to evacuate now.

He said there is a voluntary evacuation for the northern end of Dickenson County and the Haysi area.

Thacker said there is a shelter at Ridgeview High School for those who need a place to go.

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EMA Director Richard Thacker tells News 5 a State of Emergency has been declared in Dickenson County.

Thacker said heavy rain caused high water, flooding and several roads are closed.

He said with the forecast of continuing rain, they wanted to declare the State of Emergency.

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