An accounting from documenting Whitaker’s emergency management efforts in June of 2016:

White Sulphur Springs flooding at intersection of Routes 60 and 92.

“If we got two hours of sleep during the first 96 hours, that’s pushing it,” says Al Whitaker, director of the Greenbrier County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one of its two full-time employees.

Greenbrier County was the hardest-hit county in West Virginia from the flooding. The June flooding event brought unprecedented flash flooding, which caused the majority of the destruction. After those frantic first four days, Whitaker’s office would operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily until Aug. 1, when it returned to normal hours.

“The water speed as it was flowing through may have reached 40, 50 miles an hour,” Whitaker explains. “We’ve never had anything like that… we had over 10 inches of rain fall in 24 hours.”

Whitaker coordinated with his deputy director and the state to get additional resources and floodwater rescue teams to handle the flooding, which had stranded him in the field for six hours.

Whitaker says they were having a problem trying to find places to evacuate residents “because this [once in a] thousand-year…

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