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Major bridge issue discussed in Glen Dale

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A number of Glen Dale residents gathered on Thursday to express concerns over a bridge that has now partially collapsed, cutting them off from their neighborhood.

The issue of land erosion has lasted for years, according to them, but the July flooding made it far worse.

With the most recent weather issues, one end of the bridge has now collapsed, making it impossible to drive across.

Neighbors have to park at a nearby ball field and walk across.

“The neighbors made like a two-by-four. It’s not even the width of my trash can to give you some perspective. And we are walking across and holding onto the rail and they made that so it can be level, so that we’re level with walking across. But I am really afraid of when the water is high letting my kids, walking across with my kids to go to school,” said Sherry Collett of Glen Dale.

 “So we’re trying to look at funding sources, different ways we can put dollars together either donations for businesses, or donated dollars from individuals and try to bring a resolution to their problems,” said Rose Hart, Co-Chair of Marshall-Ohio County Long Term Recovery.

Hart said, right now, FEMA is overwhelmed with the recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida.

The county is getting numbers and official stats together to hopefully get the funding as fast as they can.

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