Appalachian Power assesses damage

Appalachian Power says it could be as late as this Friday, July 6 before power is completely restored, although the general consensus seems to be it will be earlier than that. In a press release, the company said crews have been out most of the weekend assessing damage to its electrical facilities. More than 50 substations were knocked out and more than 1500 tree removal workers, damage assessment specialists, company line mechanics and outside line contractors have been called in. All power companies in West Virginia are affected, not just AEP, since 85 percent of the state lost power with the storms. Since local power companies can't rely on others across the state for help, the help may come from Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.