CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- D.A. Gohil's family is still rebuilding its convenience-store business in Nicholas County, a year after Superstorm Sandy buried parts of West Virginia in wet, heavy snow that collapsed roofs and pulled down trees and power lines.
The thick snow from the freakish fall storm was too much for the roofs of two of his family's stores to sustain. Both stores -- one in Summersville, the other in Craigsville -- were destroyed when the roofs crashed down.
Damage totaled about $2.4 million, and only a fifth of the loss was covered by insurance.
The Craigsville store was rebuilt and opened in May. Work hasn't started yet to replace the Summersville store, but the family hopes to have it rebuilt and open by next June, he said.
"It's our livelihood," Gohil said, "and we have to come back to it."
Sandy dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the state's highest elevations, and snow drifts as high as 5 feet were reported in areas hardest hit by the Halloween-season storm. Trees snapped like matchsticks, and more than a quarter-million customers were left without electricity, some for two weeks.
Nationwide, it flooded or dropped snow on much of the Eastern United States on Oct. 29, 2012, becoming the nation's second-most expensive weather disaster, at $65 billion, and killing at least 182 people after claiming dozens of other lives in the Caribbean.
West Virginia's death toll from the storm was seven, including a legislative candidate struck by a falling tree limb.
Sandy caused at least $2.9 million in damage to public property in West Virginia, with roads, bridges and parks taking the brunt of the wreckage, according to the state. The Federal Emergency Management Agency covered almost $2.2 million of the damage, the state said.
Sandy-related debris removal totaled $14 million in the state, mostly for removing trees from roads and to gain access to downed power lines, the state said. FEMA covered $10.5 million of that amount.
Insurance companies paid out an estimated $15.5 million in claims from Sandy-related damage to private property in the state, according to figures compiled by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.