Severe Weather Effects Still Felt in Parts of Mingo County

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GILBERT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tuesday night's severe storms are still causing issues in Mingo County. It all started Tuesday evening when strong wind and rain sent a tree crashing down onto U.S. 52 in Gilbert.

"It hit about seven o'clock," Gilbert resident Milton Johnson said. "They said that's when the tree come off the side of the hill and blocked the road and tore the power lines down and everything."

The tree not only blocked traffic on U.S. 52, it also took out power lines, leaving dozens of people and businesses in the dark for nearly the entire day.

"We're talking money," Mountain Breeze Motel co-owner Kendell Simpson said, "and we have been for the last 14 to 16 hours without power and without cooling."

The people who live in the area say this situation is a recurring problem.

"It happened back in April, too," Johnson said. "Right up above where this (tree) came off, there was one come off the side of the hill that blocked the road and tore the power line down and everything."

A frustrated driver tells WSAZ.com that something needs to be done.

"They need to work more on the roads and quit leaving things hanging over like they've been," he said. "It's been like this for years. They tend never to fix it until its an issue with it falling on the ground."


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