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Morning commute to be impacted

The road will reopen once the Division of Highways declares it safe to travel.
The road will reopen once the Division of Highways declares it safe to travel.(WAGM)
Published: Feb. 21, 2021 at 4:10 PM EST
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KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) - As contractors work to restore power, they say they’ll need to cut away several fallen trees to protect power grids from further damage. In a post to social media, Kenova Police say hundreds of trees are in danger of taking out more power lines.

Kenova Police say beginning Monday, a helicopter will be brought in to assist in the restoration effort and remove trees. The helicopter will start working in an eastbound direction between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. The helicopter will land at the old Kenova Elementary School property and be refueled before making its way onto I-64 and work in an eastbound direction.

WVDOH says the areas between mile markers 1 and 6 will likely being impacted around 10 a.m.

Eastbound traffic on I-64 will be shut down anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour as police say this is a dangerous operation that will likely cause many trees to fall on the interstate.

Police say any drivers who will need to use the eastbound lanes of I-64 Monday morning should expect long delays and should prepare for an extended closure.

The road will reopen once the Division of Highways declares it safe to travel.

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