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KINGWOOD -

A little green grass is showing in parts of Preston County; perhaps it's a sign that a recovery is around the corner. Until then, crews will keep working.

"If it weren't for the volunteers, the volunteer firefighters and neighbors, we'd still be 90 percent without power right now," said Preston County Commission President Craig Jennings.

‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.' That's the motto Preston County residents are living by as they work every day to help the more than 7,000 homes that are still dark and the even more whose lives are far from normal again.

Road debris and snow are less of a problem thanks to the volunteers. But perhaps the biggest thanks goes to the neighbors, friends, co-workers and family who have checked-in on, and helped those closest to them.

"It's you're duty as a citizen of the United States to help anybody that you can," said John Hyre, a Preston County resident. "That's what we're here for. If you can help one another than it lifts the burden makes it not so hard on the Red Cross or somebody who is going out to help them."

Help has come to Preston in many forms. Crews have worked towards cleaning roadways and snow, the Red Cross has been helping house and feed residents, Hyre is doing his part too.

"We took one employee a generator, and check to see if they have heat, and if they didn't have heat we were going to offer them to come to our house and take a shower and do whatever we could to help them out," said Hyre.

The Red Cross is passing out meals across the county, supporting those who lost food in the disaster and those still without power.

Craig Jennings said a lot of volunteers have put in time and effort and deserve and thank you.

"We can't thank enough, as a county, we can't thank our neighbors enough," said Jennings. "We're talking about farmers who went out and expended their own time and money for those first couple of days. Firefighters, every one of our volunteer firefighters worked 36 straight ours and they continue to work today."