Local News
4:24 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Volunteer Helping With W. Va. Blizzard Cleanup

A Red Cross volunteer from Kentucky has been helping residents of northeastern West Virginia recover from the massive snowfall caused by superstorm Sandy last week.

Ron Shipman has been preparing food at shelters in the communities of Beverly and Kingwood. Sandy dropped two feet of snow on Beverly. Shipman says the biggest issue facing most residents was the loss of electricity and some residents chose to spend money on fuel over food.

“They were spending all their money for gasoline to run generators that they had. A lot of them were actually coming in to eat because they didn’t have the money to buy the food now because they were trying to keep the food they had frozen and stuff, so that had an impact.”

In areas where downed trees and power lines blocked roads, Shipman says food was dropped in by air. He says it will likely be another week before life in the area begins to return to normal.

Warming temperatures this weekend should provide better conditions for recovery.