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Upshur, Lewis residents remain without power

Upshur County fireworks canceled; Stonewall’s still planned

July 7, 2012
By John Wickline Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

About 43 percent of Lewis County residents, mostly in the southern part of the county, remained without power Friday, and more cooling shelters are being opened to help those affected deal with the sweltering heat.

Water and ice is available at the Jackson's Mill, Jane Lew, Walkersville, Weston, Pricetown and Midway volunteer fire departments, along with the Ireland Community Center and the National Guard Armory in Weston. Cooling stations are open at the Jackson's Mill, Midway and Pricetown fire departments.

Stonewall Resort reopened Friday, and officials have announced the planned fireworks show will be held at 9:45 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $5 per carload.

However, fireworks planned for Saturday evening at Buckhannon-Upshur High School have been canceled by organizers based on the recent storm, power outages, dry weather and excessive heat, along with other issues out of control of event planners.

Vicky Kelley, president of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Association, said the fireworks might be rescheduled for a later date. The West Virginia Strawberry Festival Association is the main sponsor of the fireworks event.

About 22 percent of Upshur County residents are still without power, and a cooling shelter is still open at West Virginia Wesleyan College, according to information provided by the Office of Emergency Management. The shelter at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church has closed.

Cooling stations are located at the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department in Rock Cave, the Buckhannon Fire Department and the Ellamore VFD.

Water and ice are available at those locations.



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