Blackhawks search snowbound W.Va. for stranded residents

An ambulance is stuck in over a foot of snow off of Highway 33 West, near Belington, W.Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Superstorm Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, cutting power to at least 264,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. AP Photo/Robert Ray

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. West Virginia is sending Blackhawk helicopters to check mountainous rural areas for people who may still be cut off by heavy snow from Superstorm Sandy.

State officials say they're concerned about elderly or ill people who may be trapped by snow and fallen trees in the rough terrain of two counties, Barbour and Randolph, in the state's north.

Officials say about 20 percent of the two counties remain cut off from the outside world.

Two Blackhawk helicopters will be flying over the area Friday to better assess the damage and determine how many people remain trapped by downed trees and power lines.

State officials have declared six deaths linked to the storm.

To help victims of Sandy, donations to the American Red Cross can be made by visiting Red Cross disaster relief, or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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