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Clean Up Efforts Continue in Preston County Following Hurricane Sandy

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It's been a year of storms across parts of West Virginia.

Preston County was one of many that suffered from Superstorm Sandy, leap day flooding and the derecho. 

It has been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit and the area is still working hard to fully recover.

The downed trees that once block roads sit alongside them now waiting to be cleared.

"The biggest issue we had was with the trees and debris in the roadways when we had the snowfall," said Justin Wolfe, assistant director of Preston County's Office of Emergency Management. "They just weren't able to access the roadways because of the debris so we requested the National Guard teams, FEMA saw teams, the State Forestry Department had some teams as well."

Preston County collected reports of home damage and generator use for FEMA.

Wolfe said power outages are in the single digits and the lengthy recovery was due to extreme damage in some rural areas.

"The damage was so extensive they couldn't repair the lines or the poles that were down, and they actually had to repair with new telephone poles and lines," said Wolfe.

OEM hopes the storm was the final in 2012 destructive pattern.

"February 29 we had the flooding in some of the areas, and then we had the derecho event June 29, and then October 29. We've been kind of hitting a four month track record here, and they've all been intensifying all year long"

Perhaps the pattern will end as February 29 will not occur again until 2016.