Aftermath of winter storm causes headaches for many

Raleigh County
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Many people are being told their power will not be restored for days following Thursday’s winter storm. 

Mandi Pritchett lives in Ghent. She said they have been without power since early Thursday morning. 

“It’s dissatisfying because I have three kids, no power and all that. And the tree limbs have fallen on top of my house and that is very unsettling. We have the natural gas heat so that part is I’m very thankful for,” Pritchett said. 

Phil Moye is a spokesman for Appalachian Power. He said they are working as fast as they can to restore power to all of their customers, but they also want to keep their employees safe. 

“It’s a difficult situation to work in. Our folks are out there sometimes right in the woods and the tree that fell and broke the line there are a hundred more that could fall on them while they are working. So we have to make sure that we are doing this safely. And we also want to make sure we are doing it as quickly as we can and that is what we are doing,” Moye said. 

Along with many homes being with out power, many local businesses are as well, including Little General in Ghent.

“We are doing cash only right now because the phone lines are down, internet is down, internet is down so we have no ATM at the moment. So we are trying to do the best that we can for everybody,” Pritchett said. 

Moye said the ice is staying on the trees longer than they thought, so it is taking a little longer to assess all the damage. Moye also said if anyone is still without power and would like to get an update time on when power can be restored, call AEP or download their app and get mobile updates.

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