Avian Influenza affects BRWC

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More cases of Avian Influenza have been found in Virginia and neighboring states.

Cases have been reported from Florida to Maine along the Atlantic flyway.

Parts of Mississippi and a case in Fauquier County Virginia have been reported.

The infection has led to new protocols being implemented at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center being reported by the center. 

Any emergencies for the time being involving birds will have to be phoned in before the bird can be brought into the center.

There will be a series of questions that must be answered before the bird can be brought in.

Also for the time being the wildlife walk at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has been temporarily closed until further notice.

If you notice neurological or respiratory struggles in your backyard poultry you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

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Rabies case confirmed in Clarke County

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center reported another case of rabies has been confirmed in Clarke County.

A raccoon tested positive over the weekend with a kitten testing positive last month.

Those animals that tested positive are just a small percentage of the animals that could be infected.

Residents are advised to remain cautious and not to leave food out for animals. 

Also you should report any licks, scratches or bites from unfamiliar animals to your local health department.

Contact your Health Department for more precautions that can be taken or if you have any questions on how to protect yourself and your animals.

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Railroad crossing work at Bentonville Rd.

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Warren County Fire and Rescue warns of railroad work being conducted today Mon. Mar. 7 through Fri. Mar. 11.

The WCFR Administrators as well as the office of Emergency Management have made appropriate response adjustments should services be needed.

However the the railroad crossing at Bentonville Rd. will be closed for repairs through the period.

Authorities will be in contact with Norfolk Southern Railroad throughout the process to make arrangements or provide updates as necessary.

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VA. State Police continue to monitor the truckers convey

The Truckers convey protesting COVID-19 restrictions started making their way around the Washington DC Capital Beltway on Sun. Mar. 6.

Virginia State Police (VSP) announced that they will continue to monitor the fluid situation for traffic problems.

An increase of authorities will be visible as well as Motor Carrier Safety teams will be in place.

The increase in authorities is an attempt to help keep traffic flowing safely.

Real traffic information and conditions are available at 511virginia.org.

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It is Severe Weather Awareness Week VA. 3/7-3/11

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced that it is severe weather awareness week.

This is a week designed to refresh, remind and educate citizens about seasonal threats from severe weather.

It is also a good time to make and practice your own emergency plan.

The VDEM and National Weather Service team up to promote severe weather awareness during the week.

Social media pages from VDEM will have information and ways to stay safe in the advent of severe weather all week.

Today Mon. Mar. 7 the focus is on Watches vs. Warnings.

Tomorrow Tue. Mar. 8 the annual statewide tornado drill will be held at 9:45 a.m..

Wed. Mar. 9 is focused on Severe Thunderstorms, Hail and Wind.

Thur. Mar. 10 the focus will be Flash Flooding preparation.

Fri. Mar.11 the focus will be on Lighting Awareness.

During the annual Tornado Drill Tues. all schools, businesses and families are encouraged to participate in the drill.

There will not be an alert tone Tues. but the drill alert will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio along with a monthly test alert on local radio stations.

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