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Preston County's Recovery Continues Following Storm

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PRESTON COUNTY -

Superstorm Sandy made few friends in Preston County.

As of Thursday a full recovery in the area is still a ways away from being complete, but all across the area crews are cleaning the roads and helping local residents.

"This is a wonderful thing," said Thelma Kees, an Arthurdale Resident. We we're pretty well down and out by the time we decided we had to get something done. They've treated us so good." 

Shelters remain the home for many people across the county.

"They have showers, and as comfortable of beds as you can imagine in a sheltered situation. And there is just comradery, and it's helping to make a bad situation a little better," said Thelma Kees of Arthurdale. 

Thousands in Preston are still without power. 

Thursday morning National Guard and Division of Forestry crews helped clear the roads. The county commission said main roads are at least open with one lane.

In Terra Alta some of the heaviest snow hit, as much as 22 inches was recorded.

The town's mayor said this is the one of the worst storms he's ever seen.

"This is the worst that I have seen in loosing electric and snow and everything," said Charles Feather, Terra Alta's mayor. "I've been mayor here for 24 years, I've been through several of these big snow falls."

Some people are making the best out of the snow. A few West Virginia University students found themselves enjoying the conditions with snowboards.

For those wanting to get back to normal, it will take time.

In the meantime, the Preston County Commission asks residents to keep in contact with friends and family and notify them when leaving and returning. 

"It keeps our emergency services from having to make runs to check on people that are otherwise fine or that we just don't know about," said county commission president Craig Jennings. "So if they can do that, that would help us significantly."

Shelters can be found across the county at:

  • Bruceton Mills Volunteer Fire Department
  • Masontown Fire Department
  • Craig Civic Center in Kingwood.
  • A warming shelter is open at the Rowlesburg Ambulance building.