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Division Of Highways Working To Make Roads Safer In Taylor County

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It is a winter wonderland in Taylor County.

The Division of Highways is working in all areas of the county to plow and treat the roads to make them safer for drivers.

While Superstorm Sandy has put New York and Atlantic City under feet of water, she has covered the State of West Virginia with snow.

Taylor County is one of many that are being directly impacted by the storm.

"We're probably  eight to 10 inches of snow at the present time," said Department of Highways Administrator John Corio. "And more snow is on its way."

The Division of Highways has its employees stationed throughout Taylor County to clean up the roadways. 

The heavy snowfall and winds are causing trees to fall and block roads.

"The freezing weather came and turned to snow around 9:00 last night," Corio said. "It just weighed these trees down because the ground is saturated."

Mon Power said more than 1,000 people are without power in Taylor County. 

"We're getting ready to possibly open up a shelter," said Office of Emergency Management Director Mark Knotts. "We're in the process right now of getting phone calls of how many people are wanting shelter due to the no electric, no heat."

One of the most critically hit places in Taylor County is Route 119.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Department closed the road so emergency personnel could clear the debris and make it safer.

"This is the worst area in the county right now," Corio said. "The north and east area. This is a snow build area. Now in the western end of the county and the southern end of the county there is probably four to five inches left of snow. Its going to carry on in our county for a few more days."

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