Update on conditions from Marion, Virginia
MARION VIRGINIA STORM UPDATE
FRIDAY, 18 JANUARY 2013
In addition to over a foot of heavy, wet snow, the Town of Marion had crews working overnight to repair a 12 inch water main break in the Atkins area, remove multiple downed trees, and worked a fifth house fire in four days (Market Street). Crews began working Thursday afternoon and continue today.
Main roads are passable, but cold temperatures have left many with slush and with icy patches. All roads that the town crews could access have been scraped, however some are still blocked by downed trees with power lines and some are blocked by parked cars. If your car is parked in the roadways, on the shoulders, or on the curb, please move them asap so that crews can plow your street. As soon as AEP clears the lines, crews will work to reopen blocked roads.
In the meantime, an emergency shelter is open at the WW Scott Senior Center on South Park Street. More than a dozen people remain sheltered at the center at this time, and it will remain open as long as there is need.
Officials are reminding citizens to keep 911 lines open for emergencies. Please use other resources, including local media, for updates on road conditions, business openings, power restoration, etc.
If you encounter downed lines, do not approach. Call AEP at (800) 956-4237.
Town of Marion offices are OPEN today, and crews will continue working through the day and evening until roads are cleared.