Cleanup could last for another week or two
By Wendy Holdren
BECKLEY, W.Va. — W.Va. 3 could be closed another week or two, a West Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said Monday, as crews continue blasting the overhead rock and clearing the roadway.
“We know it’s frustrating for the residents in that area,” said Carrie Bly. “But there is a high potential for additional slides.”
As crews continue to blast the mountainside, Bly said they are seeing even more rock that could potentially come down.
Weather conditions have created “the worst-case scenario” for creating additional slides with the rain and freezing temperatures.
Emergency vehicles are being allowed to cross W.Va. 3 on a day-by-day basis; crews are calling 911 centers each day for a status update.
“There is so much coming down, sometimes they are unable to clear a path. It’s really hit or miss,” Bly said.