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Much of the damage from last Friday's storms is still being assessed as folks wait for the power to come back on. Damage to schools has sort of been under the radar since school is out for the summer, but we do know shingles were torn off some school roofs, and any food that was stored in freezers has rotted. One school in Harrison County suffered serious damage to its roof, but it looks like for the most part schools in Kanawha, Putnam, Logan, and surrounding counties have been spared. Wind did take the roof off the concession stand at the Nitro High football field.
Charleston's Yeager Airport is getting money for runway improvements. U.S. Senaotrs Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced $3.6 million in grant funds this week, which came from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. The program makes money available for weather observation stations, environmental studies, and airfield lighting, in addition to runway improvements.
A fire at a home on Walnut Street on Charleston's west side early yesterday gutted the home, and firefighters don't yet know exactly what caused the blaze. No one was home at the time of the fire, and investigators have said there was no power to the house at the time. The investigation continues.
The power outages have led to massive amounts of spoiled food across the area, and drop off locations have been set up now to help people get rid of it. The Kanawha County Commission is working with the Solid Waste Authority to set up dumpsters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. These should be used or spoiled food only. You can find the dumpsters now at Clendenin Park and Ride, the Cabin Creek cleanup site behind the Go-Mart, Aldersgate United Methodist Church parking lot, and Elkview Middle School. In St. Albans, spoiled food can go to the 8th Street Municipal Building, and in Nitro they'll have a receptacle set up at the Library parking lot across from the Nitro Pool.
When last week's storm hit, many West Virginia Red Cross volunteers were out of the area helping with other emergencies, like the Colorado wildfires. It's taken a massive effort to get the West Virginia recovery effort organized, and the Red Cross can still use more volunteers.
Kindergarten registration is set for later this summer in Putnam County. Anyone who recently moved into the district or missed kindergarten registration in the spring can sign up. Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2012, to register, and the dates are August 7 and 8 at Mountain View Elementary in Scott Depot, and August 9 at George Washington Middle School in Eleanor. Appointments are being set up now to register between 8:30am and 2:50pm on those days. Parents should take the completed registration packet along with immunization records and the official birth certificate.
Call 304-586-0500, ext. 1178 to make an appointment
The Kanawha County Commission has publicly extended its thanks to DuPont, Dow and Bayer CropSciences for donating supplies to the shelters and cooling stations in Kanawha County. Cooling stations in Kanawha County include the North Charleston Rec Center, Kanawha County Public Library on Capitol St., the Martin Luther King Center, and the Kanawha City Rec Center. Cooling stations in Putnam County include Winfield United Methodist Church, Calvary Baptist Church in Hurricane, and the YMCA in Teays Valley, along with the Teays Valley Church of God.
Appalachian Power continues to reduce the number of outages with more than three thousand workers involved in the restoration effort. The company has said at least 500 power poles were broken in the storm and thousands of spans of wire were torn up. One group can't do it alone, so representatives from other companies in Kentucky and other neighboring states have been called in to help. The estimate for power to fully come back on in Kanawha County is Sunday, July 8. The number without power though has been reduced to forty thousand.
It may be awhile before the rest of the park opens, but we know that the swimming pool at Coonskin park is opening today. The park covers almost a thousand acres, and the Kanawha County Parks department has been free with saying the park took a huge hit with the storms and is decimated in places. Workers just recently finished cleaning out the pond after algae problems last month, and then the storm hit. Downed trees are also a problem there and crews are working to cut them up and haul off the debris. Regardless, the pool is open for some rest and relaxation today.
After eleven seasons, the women's basketball coach at the University of Charleston is stepping down. During that eleven year span, she was voted Coach of the Year in the Frontier Conference and District 12, and honored as the NAIA II National Coach of the Year. The Daily Mail reports she's in the process now of telling her players.