Damage due to snowplows reported in Pocahontas

Frost, W.Va. –

During the last couple days, several Pocahontas County residents went to check their mail, only to find their mailboxes destroyed — by snowplows. A Frost area resident reported seeing a snowplow travelling at a high rate of speed along Route 84, throwing heavy ice and snow with great force and beyond the right-of-way. Several mailboxes in the Frost area were damaged or destroyed.

Pocahontas County Division of Highways supervisor Sam McPaters was out of the office Thursday morning, but DOH regional supervisor Jim McCoy said the speed limit for snowplows with the plow down is 35-40 miles per hour. The supervisor said snowplow drivers are instructed to reduce their speed even further when property damage is possible. McCoy said highway crews would be working to repair damaged mailboxes, as soon as the weather improves.

County residents who wish to report damage due to snowplows should call the Marlinton Division of Highways at 304-799-6433 or the Elkins regional office at 304-637-0227.

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Heather Niday

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