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West Virginia family concerned over washed out road in Eden's Fork

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The metal sheet covering the hole in the Fannin's road. The metal sheet covering the hole in the Fannin's road.

Heavy rain have washed away several roads in Kanawha County, WV.

One family in Eden's Fork is concerned their washed out road could prevent them from receiving medical treatment.

Lisa Fannin is a single-mother who works from home to take care of her child.

"You know, I'm the one here 24/7 and I'm the one that has to be responsible for this child," she said. 

Her son, Steven, is in a wheelchair and prone to seizure every six to eight weeks which sometimes require his mom to take him to the hospital.

"I make sure when I go to bed at night, if something happens I can get up, put him in the car and take off or an ambulance can get to me," said Fannin.

There's only one road leading to Fannin's home.  The bad weather washed the road away and created a giant hole making getting in and out much more difficult for Fannin and her son.

"When I lay down at night, I have enough to worry about. I don't need to worry about my road," she said.

Fannin and her neighbors called the West Virginia Division of Highways to voice concerns.

The DOH responded several weeks ago by placing a temporary metal sheet on top of the hole. But the problem wasn't fixed.
"We have to go all the way around because the hole is continuing to cross the road," she said.

Fannin says she's tried several times recently to contact the DOH about the growing problem but hasn't heard back.  So 13 News made a few phone calls.

Brent Walker, head of communications for the DOH, told me the department is swamped with pages of complaints.    

13 News asked him specifically about this problem and he said the department is aware of the damage.  He said once drains around the county are unclogged and water removed, repairs will be fixed.

"I know everyone's roads are torn up and swamped, but I feel like this is very serious," said Fannin.

In order to contact the DOH with road damages, call them at (304) 558-3505.