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Sandy cleanup continues

Things getting back to normal in Tucker

November 26, 2012
By Casey Houser Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

It has been over three weeks since Sandy hit the east coast and ravaged Tucker County, producing snowfall measured in feet and power outages for thousands of residents.

Greg Hefner, manager of external affairs for MonPower, provided some good news about the number of people who are still experiencing power outages in Tucker.

"We had everyone back in service last Wednesday night," he said.

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Casey Houser
Road cleanup crews from the WVDOH and several state subcontractors remove debris from U.S. 219 on Tuesday afternoon. Logging and trucking crews were focusing on U.S. 219 and state Route 72 and will start on state Route 38 on Friday.

Hefner said there have been minor power outages since last Wednesday, due often to tree branches falling on power lines.

He said snowfall in the county caused many tree branches to be weakened and that some are just now breaking, landing on lines.

Jason Myers, Parsons city administrator, said things are getting back to normal in Parsons.

"We are doing fine here," said Myers.

He said city officials are working to gather time sheets, lists of used equipment and supplies used by cleanup crews since the storm blanketed the county.

Myers said the information contained in those records will need to be shown to FEMA, if public assistance is to be gained from them.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin submitted requests to FEMA, asking for public assistance early in the storm, Myers said. If the request is granted, counties in the state can receive reimbursement for their expenses.

Expenses are still being realized by the WVDOH, which continues to clean up roads in the surrounding area.

For over a week, workers from the WVDOH in Tucker and Randolph counties, alongside several state subcontractors, have been clearing debris from roadways.

State subcontractors include logging and trucking crews from Bill Robinson, Danny Arnett, J&W, Potomac, J&L, Thomas Brothers Logging and Ogden Escavation.

Robert Cooper, highway administrator for the WVDOH, said there is still a lot of work to complete.

"We're probably at 45 to 50 percent," he said. "That's a whole lot to go."

Cooper said the main focus, at this point, is on main roads and the clearing of downed trees. Trees on power lines have been removed for the most part, he said. Only recently fallen trees are a concern for power companies.

Following the main roads, crews will focus on secondary roads and stream cleanup.

U.S. 219 and state Route 72 are a current point of focus. Cooper said state Route 38 will be dealt with soon.

Myers said the city of Parsons is allowing a portion of the Corricks Ford Battle Site to be used as a temporary dumping space for trees and brush being cleaned up by WVDOH crews.

Contact Casey Houser by email at chouser@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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