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No major damage in Weirton

October 31, 2012
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - The torrential downpours city officials had anticipated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy never materialized, but no one is complaining.

Public Utilities Director A.D. "Butch" Mastrantoni said all things considered, the community got off easy.

"They'd anticipated heavier water fall in a short period of time, but the ground has been relatively dry," he said on Tuesday. "While we had a couple inches fall, it fell over a longer period of time so it allowed the ground to absorb it, percolate it and deliver it to the receiving streams at a normal rate.

"What we saw at the sanitary treatment plant was nothing more than a basic, run-of-the-mill thunderstorm, instead of a massive monster storm we'd planned to confront. We were pleasantly surprised when it was something less."

Mastrantoni, who was out of town most of the day on city business, said he'd not heard of any sanitary backups or flooded basements.

Likewise, city firefighters said the community "dodged a bullet," with no problems reported with water or downed trees.

"It sounds like just a mild storm event, as opposed to the heavy storm they were predicting," Mastrantoni said.

"That was good. We prepared for the worst, but we'll gladly accept the best."

Mastrantoni said they had backup generators ready at the water and sewage plants and an adequate supply of diesel fuel. "We had 40-48 continuous hours of running capacity with our backup generators, should we have needed it," he said.

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