The National Guard and other personnel helped remove an airplane from a partially collapsed hangar at Summersville Airport on Friday.
In Craigsville, state Sen. Douglas Facemire, D-Braxton, watched as structural engineers inspected the interior of his snow-collapsed Craigsville Foodland grocery store, one of 10 in a chain he and his family own.
Facemire said the store is beyond repair, and that he plans to build and open a new Foodland on adjacent property. He said he had been thinking about upgrading the existing store before Sandy's snowfall hit.
"This just sped up the process," he said.
While Highways crews have cleared snow and fallen trees from most major roads in the county, many secondary roads remain blocked.
"There are a lot of health and welfare calls we still need to make," Hennessey said.
A West Virginia Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was scheduled to drop supplies of food and water to snow-stranded families in the Hunter's Haven area above the Richwood golf course Friday afternoon, she said.
About 60 percent of Nicholas County remained without power Friday. Among nonresidential customers affected by the outage were two public service district water plants, leaving hundreds of people without water, in addition to power, in the Tioga and Fenwick areas.
"We need to get permanent generators installed at all of our PSD plants, so that there will be no interruptions in service," Hennessey said.
"That's something I'll continue to work on in my role as county commissioner," Short added.
Elsewhere in Nicholas County, National Guard personnel delivered drinking water and ready-to-eat food packages to volunteer fire departments for distribution to residents needing it.
"We're starting to see shingles on the roofs and roads without snow on them," Short said. "Things are looking a lot better than they did a few days ago."
Back at the emergency shelter in Summersville, Red Cross volunteer Roger Moore began to prepare dinner for an unknown number of storm refugees. Twenty-six people spent the night in the shelter Thursday.
Moore and his wife, Sharon, the manager of the Summersville shelter, have followed the paths of Hurricanes Ike, Irene and now Sandy to work in Red Cross emergency centers in four states.
"Of all the shelters where we've volunteered in the last couple of years," he said, "these are the nicest people we've worked with."
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