Snow Causing Issues for Emergency Workers, Local Residents
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 30, 2012 @ 7:13PM
Created on October 30, 2012 @ 5:21PM
Some people were out building snowmen, some were out shoveling, but one thing was certain, not many people were ready for snow in October.
"We were told to be ready for it, but I'm still a little bit surprised by the amount that we got," said Frank Hartman of Buckhannon.
"Pretty rough. I've seen some that are pretty bad, but this one here hit us unexpectedly," said David Stewart, also of Buckhannon.
This storm has police officers, firefighters, and EMS out in full force.
"Trees down, lines down, vehicles stuck, people stuck, lines on homes, trees on homes. If it's weather related, we've been to it," said Chief Mitch Tacy of the Buckhannon Fire Department.
These downed trees and power lines can be dangerous.
Emergency workers urge people to use caution if there are any downed lines in your area. They also ask people to stay home and off the roads.
"Just stay away from them. If the lines down, probably by this time there's no power to it, but just treat every line like it's live and have electric to it. We'd also just like people to stay home and off the roadways. We've had people out just sight seeing, and we've had to rescue people that get stranded in between trees, and it just makes our job more difficult," said Chief Tacy.
Even though snow is still expected to fall into Wednesday, folks are already beginning their clean up.
"A friend of mine called me because they were stuck in their driveway and couldn't get out because limbs had fallen across their driveway. I went and got them out and I was coming back and I saw limbs across the road," said Stewart.
"I've been fortunate enough to not lose any electricity. I have been going around checking for broken branches and I do have one tree down in my yard," said Hartman.
If you don't have power and are using candles, do so carefully.
Also, don't try to remove power lines or trees by yourself. Wait for professionals to do it.
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