Folks In Preston And Monongalia County Dodge Huge Problems Due To Snow Storm
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 06, 2013 @ 7:32PM
Created on March 06, 2013 @ 6:08PM
 
On Wednesday folks all over the area spent some time digging out after a storm dumped more than a foot of wet, heavy in some places.
 
As usual, folks in Preston County saw some of the highest totals. Despite that it looks like they might have dodged a bullet because there weren't many problems due to the snow.
 
The snow started to fall late Tuesday night in Terra Alta and continued to fall in other parts of the county through Wednesday afternoon.
 
Duane Hamilton, the Director of the Preston County 9-1-1 Center, there were only a few accidents reported to his office. He said none of them were serious.
 
Hamilton mentioned that not too many folks lost power. He said despite the heavy, wet snow they got they also got a little bit of wind with the storms. That wind helped to keep that snow off the power lines and it also kept them from falling down.
 
"(Tuesday) night we did get some wind so you don't see anything on the power lines," Hamilton said.
 
At times it looked like the storm would do a lot more damage in Monongalia County.
 
At one point on Wednesday morning there were more than 1,000 people without power there.
 
Mike Wolfe, the Director of MECCA 9-1-1, said that most folks were only without power for a very short time. He said it helped to have extra crews working Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
 
"Mon Power started out early (Wednesday) morning calling us and letting us know that they had extra crews in the area," Wolfe said.
 
Wolfe mentioned since the storm wasn't as bad as some had predicted it gave his office a chance to prepare for severe storms in the future.

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