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Downed Power Lines & Fallen Trees Shut Down Two Main Taylor County Roads
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on October 30, 2012 @ 7:04PM
Created on October 30, 2012 @ 4:15PM
 
After Hurricane Sandy poured rain, sleet, and snow over much of our state Monday night, some roads to Taylor County were just a little wet, while others were closed for a reason.
 
Tuesday on Route 119, trees were hanging over the road because of heavy snow, and even fell on some power lines. Officials said if the snow kept up, all of those trees would end up falling on the road.
 
"State road [workers] are out on U.S. Route 119 North at this time, still trying to clear it. But as fast as they're cutting up trees and clearing the way, more trees are falling in behind them," said Mark Knotts, Director Taylor County Office of Emergency Services.
 
Since early Tuesday morning, Route 119 from the Grafton WalMart, all the way to the Monongalia County line, was closed. So was Route 50, from the Thornton area, to Preston County.
 
Because of heavy snow and trees falling onto power lines, almost 1,500 customers have been left without power.
 
Taylor County officials issued a county-wide State of Emergency, which means people should not be driving on the roads unless it is an absolute emergency. 
 
"Please observe the signs that say 'road closed' because state road [workers] are out on these roads with emergency services, and they're almost getting hit by these vehicles," said Mark Knotts.
 
An emergency shelter has been set up for those who need it at the Grafton High School. It will be open Tuesday beginning at 4:00 p.m. Red Cross will be on hand to assist.

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