DOH says road damage from flood at $7 million

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A windshield survey of damage to the state highway system from last weekend’s flooding in northern West Virginia totals just shy of $7 million, the state Division of Highways said Tuesday.

The survey shows damage on 200 different routes in 11 different counties, according to DOH Communications Specialist Carrie Jones.

“It’s more annoyance than complete devastation,” Jones said. “Some severe slides, some severe slips where the road has slipped off the hillside but mostly just debris, culverts washed out and a lot of downed trees.”

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Road damage in Wetzel, Marshall and Ohio counties each topped the $1.2 million mark.

All impacted roads were passable a day after the flood, Jones said.

“Unlike the recent flooding that we had last year we don’t have people that don’t have a way to get where they need to go,” she said. “We don’t really have the significant bridge damage or complete sections of roadway that were washed away.”

The DOH is hopeful the work will be eligible for public assistance in a federal disaster declaration which will provide reimbursement funds for most of the work. Some of the repairs will have to be done by contractors, Jones said. We help thousands of car owners yearly with Mobile Auto Glass Repair in Rancho Santa Fe and windshield replacement, helping drivers of almost all makes and models get the best windshield for their vehicle at an affordable cost.

“U.S. 250 is one of those that has four or five damaged sites along the roadway. Some of them (repair projects) will be significant,” she said.

The DOH is continuing its damage assessment and the numbers are likely to change, Jones said.

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