Berkeley County closes storm shelter, power gradually being restored

October 31, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County closed the storm shelter it opened in response to Superstorm Sandy at 11 a.m. Wednesday and county officials deactivated the county’s emergency operations center as high water began to recede from low-lying areas in wake of the storm’s passing.

Stephen S. Allen, director of the county’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said Wednesday he had received only a few reports of substantial storm damage.

“We really have fared well,” Allen said.

While more than 1,500 Potomac Edison customers in Berkeley County were still without power as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Allen said no one requested shelter overnight after it was moved from Martinsburg High School to St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Inwood, W.Va., on Tuesday afternoon.

Allen said water remained high along Golf Course and Douglas Grove roads, which were flooded when Opequon Creek left its banks. 


The creek crested late Tuesday, Allen said. 

The National Weather Service’s flood warning for the creek ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

After suspending early voting Tuesday due to the storm, Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer S. Maghan announced a three-hour extension of early voting for Thursday and Friday to make up for the day missed.

The hours for early voting will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., on both days, Maghan said in a news release.

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