The West Virginia Division of Highways said more than a million dollars worth of work will be done in counties in North Central West Virginia after the weekend’s floods.
“We have pipes that are not completely washed out – just the ends are washed out, which makes it narrow to get in and out of,” said Jeff Pethtel, of the Division of Highways in Marion County.
Most of the roads are reopened in Mannington and other areas of Marion County, and crews said they will continue to work to get the roads fixed.
“We work on a priority (basis),” Pethel said. “Our main routes have to be taken care of first, and that is what we are doing now. We are going back through and making sure we have all that stuff taken care of because if our emergency vehicles can’t traverse on our main routes, then they can’t get to the back roads either. We work on a priority basis, so that is what we are doing right now is trying to make sure our main roads are taken care of and work our way down.”
Crews said road slides caused from the flood can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix, and there is work to be done in 11 counties. More than 100 routes in these counties have to be fixed, and these numbers represent damage just from this storm event.
“In the near future, we will be in here doing some major repairs. Creek banks that are washed out, shoulders that are washed out, that kind of thing and we’ll be doing permanent repairs in the near future,” explained Pethtel.
The DOH said no one is trapped in their homes from the flood event and said that is something to be thankful for. The water is muddy, and the road ahead will be bumpy, but the DOH says they hope their work in fixing roads is a small step in rebuilding Mannington.