The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 1, 2012

Trees, snow drifts block many roads

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — While southern West Virginia continues to recover and looks forward to temperatures in the 40s over the weekend, the West Virginia National Guard and the Department of Transportation still have plenty of work ahead.

Brent Walker, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, said the department’s main concern Wednesday was clearing felled trees with the help of guardsmen and getting to work clearing secondary roads.

In Raleigh County Wednesday, snow drifts, ice and downed trees caused blocked roadways and resulted in many road closures.

The Division of Highways indicated portions of Airport Road, W.Va. 307, was closed in Raleigh County due to snow drifts.

In addition, Cirtsville to W.Va. 3, Stover Fork, Pluto Road, Mt. View Road, Laurel Street in Cool Ridge, and Odd Road were closed due to snow and ice.

The Department of Transportation expected these areas to be clear by the end of Wednesday.

The Raleigh County 911 center explained that while some snow is melting, roads are still slick.

Dispatch reported one individual injured in an accident on U.S. 19 in Ghent around noon.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department and Best Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

The official also said major trees were down and blocking roadways in the Crab Orchard and Stover areas.

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