Road washes away leaving residents high and dry

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) - Some people in Ohio County were left stranded after their road was washed away by heavy rains.

Residents were hard at work after their road was washed away on Sam's Runs right off of Cherry Hill Road in Ohio County. 

Their road was turned into a creek after inches of rain were dumped on the Ohio Valley last week.

"No oil trucks or propane trucks or anything can get through to get us heat. If there was an emergency, squad cars couldn't get through," said resident, Sandra Murray.

A waterfall ran through the area where there used to be the only road the residents have to get in and out of their homes. The culverts have washed away, and people who live on the other side were stranded if they couldn't find a way to walk across the muddy and wet terrain.

"I've got three kids and two of them go to school, so I'm having to get them down here. I finally got my mother's car back here, so I am able to at least get them out to the bus stop, but trying to get them from the house all the way up there and keep them clean at the same time, it's hard," said Brandon McCardle who lives along the road.

The road starting at Cherry Hill leading up to the homes wasn't doing anyone any favors. It was nearly impassable, 7News had to ditch the news car and take a pick-up to get to the there. People living in the area are asking for help.

"I think because it is a private road, we're mostly responsible for it, but we can't do anything about the culvert and nobody can do about the culvert until the run has been cleared out," Murray said.

According to Murray, the run has several feet of sediment that has been building up over the years. These residents recognized that it is private property but they said that this was more than they can handle.

"It would be nice to have some help, but unfortunately this is a private road and I was told that nobody will come to help, so it's up to us to do it," McCardle said.

The safest way for the residents to get across the span is to take a footbridge, built by Murray. In the case of an emergency situation, the residents feared they could be left high and dry, unlike their washed out road.

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