Morning commute to be impacted
KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) - As contractors work to restore power, they say they’ll need to cut away several fallen trees to protect power grids from further damage. In a post to social media, Kenova Police say hundreds of trees are in danger of taking out more power lines.
Kenova Police say beginning Monday, a helicopter will be brought in to assist in the restoration effort and remove trees. The helicopter will start working in an eastbound direction between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. The helicopter will land at the old Kenova Elementary School property and be refueled before making its way onto I-64 and work in an eastbound direction.
WVDOH says the areas between mile markers 1 and 6 will likely being impacted around 10 a.m.
Eastbound traffic on I-64 will be shut down anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour as police say this is a dangerous operation that will likely cause many trees to fall on the interstate.
Police say any drivers who will need to use the eastbound lanes of I-64 Monday morning should expect long delays and should prepare for an extended closure.
The road will reopen once the Division of Highways declares it safe to travel.
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