Nearly 74,000 West Virginians Still In The Dark

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Associated Press

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Updated Mon, Jul 9, 2012 3:05 pm

About 74,000 West Virginia households are still without power as authorities begin assessing the damage from recent summer storms

Appalachian Power said Monday afternoon it had about 51,000 customers still without service, including nearly 15,000 in Kanawha County. Mon Power says it has about 23,000 awaiting restoration.
 
The first storm hit on June 29. Smaller subsequent storms have caused outages for people who didn't lose power the first time or who had gotten back on the grid.
 
The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says it's beginning preliminary damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Those reports will determine eligibility for federal disaster assistance.
 
The American Red Cross says it also has 200 workers out assessing damage and helping residents get the services they need to recover.
 
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