Snow Blankets the Region

By: Brooke Thacker, Laurabree Austin, Penny Moss, Tim Irr Email
By: Brooke Thacker, Laurabree Austin, Penny Moss, Tim Irr Email

Drivers with the Department of Highways are having a hard time with the snow. It isn't a heavy damp snow that can be moved easily. It's a light powdery snow that makes it hard to move -- and hard to move around in. Mike King with the West Virginia Department of Highways says it's the worse storm he's seen in years.

Snow isn't the only thing the road crews have to fight against. They say if they didn't have to contend with cars that are stuck and other traffic, they'd get the job done a lot quicker. Their advice: if you don't have to be out on the roads, stay home.

Many students get the day off Wednesday as superintendents, for the most part, made the decision to close school Wednesday by Tuesday afternoon, as the snow began to fly.

Hundreds of people in eastern Kanawha county are with out heat. Six hundred homes in Clendenin were cold Tuesday night -- all because of an equipment failure. Mountaineer Gas started losing pressure in its lines around noon Tuesday and the weather could be to blame.

Hours later, the gas started going out in homes. While Mountaineer Gas worked to fix the problem, hundreds of people looked for alternate ways to stay warm. Many are staying with friends and family, while others stayed in an emergency shelter.

The elderly population is especially susceptible when temperatures go down. The staff at one assisted living center in Clendenin decided not to take any chances, moving its residents to a shelter at Herbert Hoover High School.

A spokesperson for Mountaineer Gas said by late Tuesday they had started restoring service to most of its customers without heat, but added they didn't;t expect service to be restored everywhere until sometime Wednesday.

A similar, and all too familiar problem for hundreds of residents in Clay County. The heat is back on, but not before more than 600 Wagner Gas customers had to endure the coldest night in 11 years without heat.

Clay County officials opened a shelter at the Health Department, although a lot of people didn't want to leave their homes and their pets behind.

Clay County Commissioner Fran King says a hearing is planned for February 20th, to consider whether the state should take over operations at Wagner Gas. She is concerned county residents will have a lot of cold days and nights ahead of them.

The heat is back on in Clay County now but the shelter at the Health Department remained open Tuesday night -- just in case the gas goes back off again.

Dozens of senior citizens and people with disabilities in Nitro were living away from home Tuesday night after a sprinkler head in their building broke open on an upper floor and flooded Village On the Park Apartments, flooding several units and chasing everyone out of the building.

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