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W.Va. Wildlife Center Still Cleaning Up from Superstorm Sandy
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on December 11, 2012 @ 7:24PM
Created on December 11, 2012 @ 6:35PM
 
Superstorm Sandy ripped through many parts of our area. After the storm ended, clean up efforts started.
 
Power's been restored, trees cleared on many major roads, but the West Virginia Wildlife Center is still trying to fix everything.
 
"Two and a half feet of really heavy wet snow that brought down a lot of trees and branches and so forth, and also the weight of the snow did a lot of damage to a lot of our enclosures," said Gene Thorn, wildlife biologist in charge of the W.Va. Wildlife Center.
 
The storm caused damage to some of the animal habitats, and even closed the Old Oak trail, the center's hiking trail.
 
Employees at the center have been hard at work ever since the storms to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible. The main trail is now open, and people can still come walk along it and see animals.
 
"Probably in the top two storms to ever hit this area. It did a lot of damage," said Thorn.

Right now, officials are in the bidding process of fixing all of the habitats. After that, repairs can start.
 
"Right now we're in the bidding process with fence companies to try to get all the fences back up. Then, we'll put netting back on top of the pens. Then, we've got to secure some birds we lost during [the storm]," said Thorn.
 
If you'd like to help out through donations, you can call the center at (304)-942-6211 or mail it to them:
 
W.Va. Wildlife Center
P.O. Box 38
French Creek, WV 26218

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