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National Guard Drops Food To Feed Preston County Infant
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on November 03, 2012 @ 5:10PM
Created on November 03, 2012 @ 6:16PM
 
Some folks in Preston County spent Friday still trying to dig out from the mess that Superstorm Sandy left behind.
 
As of early Friday evening about three quarters of the residents were still without power.
 
The National Guard has been there since the storm hit, and on Friday they were able to provide a little bit of extra help.
 
For the first time since the storm hit they were able to fly helicopters in to help some of the folks that are still stranded.
 
Slowly but surely things are getting better there.
 
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin were both in town Friday to take a look at damage. They also met with the National Guard and emergency officials.
 
Apparently the biggest challenge is still the amount of trees that are in the roadway.
 
Almost all of the major roads are open, but about 40 percent of the back roads are still closed.
 
It's so bad in some parts of the county that some folks are still stranded in their homes.
 
Troops with the National Guard were able to fly some food to one mom who was down to her last little bit of food for her baby.
 
"She was ecstatic to see the help come," Colonel Bill Suver, with the West Virginia National Guard said. "Here she was worried about her baby and how she was going to him, so she was just thrilled to death."
 
Syliva Lader, is from Terra Alta. Her house collapsed Thursday night because the weight of the snow on the roof.
 
"I'm just kind of waiting to see if anyone is going to help,"  Lader said. "What do we do next?"
 
Lader is staying at a Red Cross shelter in Kingwood.

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