Local State of Emergency for August 12 Weekend Ends

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Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
Jeff Richardson. Jeff Richardson.

Days before the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right Rally on August 12, Albemarle County supervisors voted to declare a local emergency.

That vote was taken on August 8, and on Wednesday – nearly one month later – the Board of Supervisors met and ended the local emergency. Wednesday was the first time the board has met since its meeting on August 8.

The county said the decision to declare an emergency was to coordinate with the state and city of Charlottesville to be eligible for help, resources, and assistance from the state in the event that something happened.

While there is no longer a state of emergency declared in Albemarle County, a state of emergency remains in place across Virginia, affecting the day-to-day operations at local and state offices.

“It takes us to a different level of how we manage our building and grounds,” said Albemarle County executive Jeff Richardson. “There is very limited access to the building and grounds especially after hours when we’re not open for county business.”

In addition to ending the local emergency, the board also voted to end the emergency declared from flooding in May.

The county will monitor what the state does with its state of emergency in the coming days and weeks.