In Barbour County, Commission President Phil Hart said only about 20 percent of residents are still without power. Most water service had been restored, but authorities were delivering supplies and handing out bottles at staging areas for those who rely on wells.
The shelters have no overnight occupants anymore, but Hart said they're still serving a few hundred hot meals a day -- fewer as the power comes back.
Last week, Hart said, National Guard crews in Black Hawk helicopters were flying over cut-off parts of the county to check on people still stranded by deep snow, and downed trees and power lines. In places where they saw no vehicles, the teams hovered until someone came outside.
When they failed to rouse the couple at one isolated home, Hart said, the soldier rappelled down. He found the pair well supplied with food and water, and in no danger.
"But they did have one request," Hart said. "They wanted him to take their absentee ballots to the post office for them so they could vote." The guardsman did.
"You hear a lot of sad stories," Hart said, "but it's nice to hear a good one, too."
Hart said his main concern now is the economic impact on small businesses and the county's volunteer first responders.
"People aren't going to have the money to support them to help them get back on their feet," he said.
Some businesses had insurance to cover part of their losses, but not all.
"And their employees, if they're not working they have no money coming in," Hart said. "Everybody's in the same situation."
With power restored to its West Virginia customers, Appalachian Power is sending crews to New Jersey to help with recovery efforts from Sandy.
Utility spokeswoman Jeri Matheney told the Charleston Daily Mail that crews would head out of state on Wednesday.
About 531,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey remained without power Tuesday afternoon.
Also, students are back in class at a Summersville school where the roof partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.
Nicholas County assistant schools superintendent Damon Hanshaw told WCHS-TV that crews stabilized Summersville Elementary School on Monday and Tuesday. Students returned to classes Wednesday.
Hanshaw says repairs won't be fully completed until December.
The 50-year-old school has about 350 students. It was among several structures in Nicholas County damaged by heavy snow last week.