Making Progress in Parkersburg

By Ashley Hinson, Anchor/Reporter


By Becky Ogann

PARKERSBURG - The tornado clean-up has been going on for more than a week now, but the job is far from over. People still have to clear away huge piles of debris.

What used to be people's homes, now in the clenching jaws of excavators.

"This is about our fifth house, we've got 20 to go, at least," said Bob Cole of Cole Excavating.

Carpeting, pieces of glass and insulation, all thing these guys see every day. But what they're seeing here is surprising even them.

"It's just unbelievable how far this stuff has traveled... Some people say they don't have any idea where this debris come from," said Cole.

While some areas of Parkersburg have a long way to go when it comes to the cleaning and recovery process, the United Methodist Church got a new roof on Monday, a sure sign of progress.

"There's no shortage of stuff to be done...just trying to help the people who have a roof left," said Mitch Cashatt, Cashatt Roofing.

Mitch's company is installing this new roof. And it hits him close to home. It's the church he goes to and it's bringing out his faith.

"My house is fine...don't even have a leaf out of place..I feel fortunate...but I feel guilty because some lost so much," said Cashatt.

This project will take this crew about 3 days but it's going to take a lot longer than that for things to return to normal.

One man told TV9 he'd been working in Parkersburg since last Wednesday excavating house after house. He said originally no one knew where to start, but things are getting better every day.

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