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Mill Creek area is recovering

July 3, 2012
By Joe Hoover - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The Mill Creek and Huttonsville area was hit hard by Friday's storm and many homes are still without power.

Downed trees and damaged power lines along U.S. 250/Rt. 92 still mark the weekend's devastation from high winds.

However, the solidarity and resilience of the area's residents were just as visible along the roads Monday, where teams of neighbors could be seen removing fallen trees and cleaning up damage.

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Along U.S. 250, neighbors Jody Swecker, Robert Casey, Bob Casey, John Kabler and Keith Holesberry worked together to saw and move 10 large trees from their own properties and neighbors' residences.

"We're all neighbors, and this is what neighbors do," Swecker said about the work the group had accomplished.

Mill Creek Fire Department Chief Rodney McAtee said Mill Creek and the surrounding areas were without power from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.

"Mill Creek also ran out of water," McAtee said. "We ran out at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and we had to borrow a generator from the Huttonsville Public Service District."

Through the use of the generator, the town's water supply was replenished by approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, McAtee said.

In order to ensure public safety, the Mill Creek Fire Department offered free water from its 8,000-gallon tanker truck at the fire house. However, McAtee said nobody had come to them for water yet.

Despite the power outage, McAtee also said local businesses did everything they could to serve the community.

Kay Simmons, an employee at Bob's Mini Mart in Mill Creek, said the business used its generator to make sure everyone could purchase items.

"It was pretty bad," Simmons said. "But we tried to make sure everybody got what they needed. We closed after dark Friday night and opened back up in the morning."

Fuel, ice and bread were the most sought-after commodities, she said.

In Huttonsville, the water supply wasn't exhausted, but the storm did cause considerable damage.



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