Snow wreaks havoc in Logan Co.

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com and Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

January 22, 2014

Several inches of snow along with falling temperatures caused a multitude of wrecks in Logan County Tuesday afternoon.

At one point, it was reported that there multiple vehicles stuck or wrecked along Rt. 73, causing the road to be closed. Cow Creek was also shut down after a DOH salt truck slid into the creek and landed on its side.

Classes in Logan County Schools along with classes at Southern were closed on Tuesday and many local businesses closed early. In fact, school was closed in all 55 counties, some roads and businesses were closed and many events and meetings canceled or rescheduled.

West Virginia remained under a winter storm warning for heavy snow and lowering wind chill factors and snow accumulations of three to six inches until 1 a.m. Wednesday. The heaviest accumulations were during the day Tuesday that covered untreated roads quickly and made travel hazardous.

Cold temperatures, along with snow and ice, are forecast to stay around the rest of this week.

The National Weather Service urges traveling only in an emergency and if you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water, warm clothing and a blanket in your vehicle for use in case of an emergency.

If at all possible, bring pets inside and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas, making sure they have access to food and non-frozen drinking water.

The American Red Cross offers tips to keep water pipes from freezing:

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you are going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Underwriters Laboratory offers tips on the use of space heaters:

  • Keep all space heaters at least 3 feet away from household combustibles.
  • Use space heaters only as a supplementary source of heat. These devices are not intended to replace the home’s heating system.
  • Do not use extension cords with space heaters unless absolutely necessary and check the cord periodically for frayed wire or damaged insulation. Do not use a space heater with a damaged cord.
  • Check periodically for a secure plug/outlet fit. If the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced by a qualified technician. This could be the sign of a potential home wiring issue.
  • Heaters should be placed on a flat, level surface. Do not place heaters on furniture since they may fall and become damaged or break parts in the heater.
  • Unless the heater is designed for use outdoors or in bathrooms, do not use in damp, wet areas.
  • Look for the UL Mark on your electric heater. This means representative samples of the appliance have met UL’s stringent safety standards.
  • If you have a liquid-fueled space heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. The wrong fuel could burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and cause a serious fire.
  • When refueling, turn off the heater and let it cool down completely before adding fuel. Wipe away any spills promptly.
  • Before you buy a kerosene heater, check with your local fire department to ensure that it is legal.