The outage very nearly caused a major trout kill at the Reeds Creek Hatchery in Pendleton County. The facility's generator failed at 9:30 p.m. on July 4, and employees worked through the night to keep it limping along enough to keep an estimated 300,000 trout alive.
When it finally failed at 7:30 a.m. the following day, DNR officials appealed to the Governor's Office, the state Office of Emergency Services and the Pendleton County Office of Emergency Services.
Crews from Mon Power came on the run and got power restored at 11 a.m., just as trout started to turn belly-up. In all, only an estimated 200 to 300 fish died.
Johansen said a few buildings and maintenance sheds were damaged by wind or fallen trees, but not severely so.
"At one of the hatchery residences, a chimney got blown off the house. Other than that, the damage to structures was light," he said.
DNR officials were particularly happy that the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek survived the storm as well as it did.
"It sits up on a ridge, and there are some very large trees on the property," Johansen said. "The storm had a very significant impact on most of Upshur County, but the Wildlife Center's exhibit facilities escaped relatively unscathed. There were a lot of downed trees, but the trees didn't cause much damage to the wildlife pens."
All in all, Johansen believes the DNR came through the storm in remarkably good shape.
"Considering the seriousness of the event itself, we were pretty fortunate," he said.