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Three days after the storm, Fayette County is still recovering

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Even though the snow is melting, people in Fayette County can still feel the wrath of the storm, especially remote areas.

"It takes all day just to do the basics," says Darlene Falbo, of Fayette County.

Ms. Falbo has been stuck on her 200-acre farm since Monday due to a large tree blocking her driveway.  The Sheriff's Department has been on the task of personally checking on people like her.

"This is not just let's go check on Wal-Mart.  This is let's go check on who lives up in the holler because these are all taxpayers.  These are all people that live in the county.  They expect to see us," says Sheriff Steve Kessler, "I think most of them understand that we're trying to get to them.  We may not get to them all, but we're working at it."

Still, Thursday, about 40 percent of the county was still without power.  Downed trees are a part of the problem.

"You got several trees to get down and a lot of binds and tension from all the weight that's on the trees, so it's kind of dangerous," says Chris White, Fire Forester Supervisor, of the clean up.

The biggest concern in Fayette County's recovery is the repair of the main transmission line that brings power to the county from other areas.  Electric crews have been working around the clock and hope to have the power restored by this weekend.

Though conditions aren't anywhere near perfect, residents say, they're better.

"I'm up here pretty much by myself, and it's been quite a challenge.  So anytime I can get help from the fire department or some of these places, it means a lot to me," says Ms. Falbo. 

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department encourages residents to use its Facebook page as a means of communication for those who have access to the Internet.  They will be posting their latest updates at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fayette-County-Sheriffs-Department/186902037992621.

The department is striving to reach as many people as possible.  "Hang right in there, and help will come as best we can," says Sheriff Kessler.

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