UPDATE: Lincoln County Residents Continue Cleaning up Storm Damage

By: Sarah Sager Email
By: Sarah Sager Email

UPDATE 3/5/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- High water from Friday’s storm has uprooted businesses, churches and more than a few households in Lincoln County.

It’s forced one family to live off of the few items they could salvage. All six of them are sleeping in the living room of their home.

"We've already been crying for the past two days," Roxanne Roberts, who is living in the home, said.

Roberts has lived through nightmare conditions.

"We’ve just throwing stuff out in the yard, getting rid of stuff. All our stuff fits in one room," Roberts said.

Five adults, one child, three dogs and a cat have been sleeping in what used to be a living room.

"We've been up for days. Everything but clothes, these two mattresses, our flat screen TVs were saved," Roberts said.

In the midst of tragedy she knows it could be worse; at least they could salvage two beds to sleep on.

"The people next door to that, they are staying in their home in little army bed things," Roberts said.

On Monday, state officials were debriefed on what's needed for hard-hit areas, including Lincoln County, to begin again.

"We've got people here whose lives have been totally uprooted and disrupted," U.S. Sen Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. "They have nowhere to live. They're living with family and friends. With that being said we've got to help get their lives back together."

"This is a unique circumstance we've just been through ... This is the worst in their experience in West Virginia,” U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said.

For Roberts and her family, it's all up to time.

"They've been through it three of four times, plus two fires, one after another just bad luck,” Roberts said.

Rahall says a federal disaster declaration could come as soon as the end of the week.

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- County 911 officials say a mudslide is blocking part of Route 10 between in Harts Creek between Toney Curve and the Logan County line.

The fire department and Department of Highways are currently on scene assessing the issue.

They're asking people to avoid the area.

There is a chance Route 10 will be closed for the rest of Friday night, 911 officials say.

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