Damage Assessments Begin Thursday in 10 W.Va. Counties


On Thursday, officials with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will begin conducting joint preliminary damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in ten counties after this week’s severe thunderstorms. 

These first assessments will record damages to personal property and infrastructure in Braxton, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Webster, and Wood counties.  Governor Tomblin declared a State of Emergency in those counties this week.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Public Information Office T.D. Lively urges property owners to report any damage to their county emergency management office.

Thousands of West Virginians were still without power Wednesday.  With over 5,000 outages, Mon Power expected to have the lights back on for its customers around 11:30 Wednesday night. 

Officials at Appalachian Power say electricity will be restored in stages.  Service restoration was expected to be complete by Wednesday night in Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Hico, Glasgow, Madison, Walgrove and Welch.

Restoration is expected to be completed in Logan and Williamson Thursday night.

In Hamlin, Huntington, Milton, Point Pleasant, Ripley and Wayne restoration may extend into Friday evening.