Thousands were left without power after last Friday’s snowstorm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on the coalfields, causing major power outages. Many areas have had power restored, but many are still in the dark and cold.
Appalachian Power President Dana Waldo said Tuesday that for residents in Logan, Madison and Williamson, it may be the weekend before power can be restored. He said the rugged terrain, the dangers of dealing with electricity and copper wire theft have delayed restoration of services in many areas.
Nearly 500 Appalachian Power employees will be staying in the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse and Logan Middle School Gymnasium this weekend as the crews work through Christmas to get power restored, Logan High School Athletics Director Roger Gertz said this morning.
Gertz said the Lincoln County High at Logan basketball game scheduled for Dec. 26 has been moved to Dec. 30 to accommodate the Appalachian Power workers. Gertz said if the electrical workers are still staying at the Fieldhouse on Wednesday, the Lincoln-Logan game will be moved a later date.
West Virginia National Guard General Allen Tackett said several guardsmen are in Logan County providing assistance to residents who are stranded without power. He said the guard is delivering meals and other supplies.