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November 1, 2012

Snowbound W.Va. continues digging out

Governor to seek federal assistance as damage assessments continue

TERRA ALTA, W.Va. — Worn-out residents and highway crews dug out Thursday from a blast of heavy, wet snow from superstorm Sandy, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he plans to seek help for people and businesses from the federal government.

Tomblin said he’ll ask President Barack Obama to approve individual and public assistance for residents and businesses in the hardest-hit areas. Obama already approved aid for state and local governments to recoup funds spent on recovery efforts.

Officials continued damage assessments from the storm that left at least six people dead in the state. About 148,000 customers remained without power.

In Morgantown, what little snow there was disappeared and rain fell Thursday morning. Heading southeast and higher into Preston County, the trees wore heavy white coats, their limbs drooping over the roads.

In Terra Alta, more than 2 feet of snow clogged the streets, huge icicles dangled from twisted rain gutters and the canopy over the gas pumps at a convenience store was collapsed under the weight of snow.

Residents wielded blowers and shovels, but it was slow going.

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