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Roads Still Not Cleared of Superstorm Sandy Debris in Barbour County
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 08, 2013 @ 7:46PM
Created on February 08, 2013 @ 5:51PM
 
Some residents in Barbour County are having trouble driving on their own road because of debris still left from Superstorm Sandy. In fact, it's even damaging their cars in some cases.
 
"My sister-in-law has lost two struts on her car because of the road conditions. My neighbor down the road almost hit a vehicle yesterday, no, it was the day before yesterday, and it split a big gash into his tire, so he had to go and get a new tire yesterday," said Patricia Freeman, who lives in Clemtown.
 
They said they've been waiting ever since November for everything to be cleared.
 
"Once the trees were down, me and a bunch of the neighbors got together and cut a way out of here. About midnight that night, the state roads finally did come through, but they still didn't do anything with the debris that's still on the road today," said Freeman.

Department of Highway officials said it's not just a simple fix. Since we've been hit with so much snow lately, their biggest concerns are to get the roads cleared. Even with all of the winter weather we've been having, employees are still trying to get to all of the areas that need cleaned up.
 
"When it quits snowing, then that gives us the ability to go out and work on potholes, particularly on the primary roads, the major roads, and address drainage problems. We're still doing tree removal from the October snowstorm also," said Ron Smith, the DOH District 7 maintenance engineer.

However, for some of the residents in Clemtown, their wait has been too long.
 
"I just wish they'd come and remove the stumps, and a lot of the debris that's causing a lot of issues for the neighbors and us around here," said Freeman.
 
If you're having the same problems in your area, officials said to contact your local DOH garage.

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Feb 09, 2013 at 11:17 AM
We had to contact the DOH to get them out on our road to plow the snow off after a week or so and no sign of them. We then told them that it would also be nice if they'd remember that we on this country road pay our taxes also and we still have debris on our road from the snowstorms. And one of our roads which is a very narrow road is falling into the creek on one side and a year ago they put up sign to yield and an orange cone. Anymore of that road falls away and it's going to take a vehicle with it. Hopefully the road, the debris and the humongous road-width sized potholes here can finally get taken care of. We'll see. They never come down our road until we call to complain. Why is that? They go right past us down the connecting country road when ours is the shortest road down here which wouldn't take them 5 minutes to do!?!
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