BOONE COUNTY — Several roads are closed due to high water, debris and downed trees and power lines after a heavy storm on Monday night.
Nine roads in Boone County were closed or reduced to one lane, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation on Tuesday morning.
Roads reported closed or reduced to one lane in Boone County:
• WV 85 Bim area ROAD CLOSED Due to High Water
• CR 119 Stollings Road ROAD CLOSED Due to Downed Trees with Power Lines
• 119/7 Lick Creek ROAD CLOSED Due to Downed Trees
• CR 119/46 Lake Branch Road ROAD CLOSED Due to High Water and Downed Trees with Power Lines
• CR 16/1 Ball Fork Road ROAD CLOSED Due to Slide with Trees and Power Lines
• CR 2 Emmons Road 1 Lane CLOSED Due to Slip
• CR 119/11 Low Gap Road (On WV 17 Side) ROAD CLOSED Due to High Water and Downed Trees
• WV 99 Top of Bolt Mountain area 1 Lane CLOSED Due to Slide Debris
• CR 9 Hewitt Creek ROAD CLOSED Due to High Water
Also, approximately 4,000 Boone County residents are without power, according to reports from Appalachian Power.
The wide squall line of severe thunderstorms that moved across several Midwestern states July 13 left nearly 50,000 Appalachian Power customers without electric service as the storm line rolled through the company’s southern West Virginia, southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee service areas, the company reported.
“In many parts of the company’s service area the storm is the latest in a string of recent rainfalls that has saturated the ground with moisture and made conditions favorable for trees to uproot,” said Philip Moye, Appalachian Power spokesman.
Moye said the July 13 storm is the latest in a string of storms that have persisted in causing outages across the company’s service area over the past several days.
“Damage from the storm is widespread, and at this early stage of restoration we cannot provide accurate estimates for service restoration,” he said.
Damage assessors are currently patrolling circuits to determine the extent of damage and resources needed to make repairs. Meanwhile line workers and tree removal crews are working to restore known outages that affect large numbers of customers.
“More than 100 contract line workers are on-site and assisting local Appalachian Power crews with power restoration. An additional 300 workers are being secured to help restore service,” Moye said.
As of 9 p.m., July 13, more than 55,000 customers were without electric service, Moye added.
Customers without service in West Virginia by county:
• West Virginia – 37,500 (Boone 4,000; Cabell 5,700; Clay 1,100; Fayette 1,400; Jackson 2,500; Kanawha 2,300; Lincoln 2,900; Logan 2,400; McDowell, 1,500; Mercer 1,000; Mingo 4,200; Nicholas 600; Putnam 2,300; Wayne 4,500; Wyoming 1,100).
Emergency crews say homeowners should report any downed power lines to 911 and never try to move the lines yourself.