EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPOWER LINE PROBLEMS
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Trees On Power Lines Trap People Inside Their Homes
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jul. 1, 2012 6:20 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 1, 2012 6:36 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Fallen trees are now sitting on power lines and restricting people from leaving their homes.
"It's way crazy today," said Charleston resident, Nikki Rollins.
But crazy may be an understatement for the massive mess left behind from the storm that swept through West Virginia. Including a small neighborhood in Charleston.
On Dogwood Road and other Charleston streets, branches are hanging and tangled into electrical wires, and massive trees are laying across the roads.
"You don't realize what these things mean until you lost them," said Charleston resident, Mikee Piper.
And the people who live along Dogwood Road are not only left without power, they say they have become prisoners in their own homes. And neighbors fear they could be tip-toeing around live wires.
"Everybody is coming by to see and they walk around them and under them and if they're hot, which we don't know if they are or if they aren't, you know people can get electrocuted," said Piper.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says they're waiting on AEP to give them the "go ahead" to remove the trees or atleast alert them that the wires are safe to mess with.
"We're unable to cut them up because of the wires. It would only be one person get electrocuted and people would find out the hard way," said Jones.
But for now that neighborhood is left without power and left with no way out.
"If the wires were just cut off and safe, then I wouldn't worry so much about when the power comes back on," said Piper.
Power crews from states as far away as Mississippi and Georgia have been called in to help. But the problem is the crews are stretched thin because surrounding states were hit hard too and the outages are so widespread.
They do say they are working with the cities and municipalities to clear away the fallen trees.
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