Most roads were cleared of snow and fallen trees in Garrett County as of late Sunday, and most federal and state emergency officials who'd responded there following superstorm Sandy's damaging blizzard had departed.
Still, thousands remained without power.
"The only thing that's still lacking, as far as I understand it, is power restoration, and that's a slow, tedious process because of the damage that's been done and because of the vastness of Garrett County," said Jim Raley, chairman of the county's Board of Commissioners. "You've got miles and miles of lines that go up over mountains and through some pretty treacherous areas."
The county still had nearly 4,700 customers without power Sunday night, according to utility Potomac Edison. That is more than 20 percent of the company's customer base in the county.
Many crews remain in the county fixing lines, but the job isn't easy, Raley said.
"There's pockets where it may involve a day's worth of work by an entire crew to get 15 homes back online," he said.
Raley said the county government resumed the lead in the county's response to the storm at 6 p.m. Sunday, after having deferred to Federal Emergency Management Agency and Maryland Emergency Management Agency officials in the days prior.
"We feel pretty good that everyone is safe and accounted for and that we've weathered the storm quite well," Raley said.
County officials will publicly announce their plans for a county clean-up -- debris remains piled along roads and on embankments of snow -- on Thursday, Raley said.
Raley said many of the emergency responders who left Garrett County headed directly to New Jersey or New York, where Sandy caused widespread damage.
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A person walks through snow Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Belington, W.Va. 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)
An ambulance is stuck in over a foot of snow off of Highway 33 West on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Belington, W.Va. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
Joe and Linda Bays shovel snow in front of their home in Beckley, W.Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)
Halloween decorations are seen during a snowstorm, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Elkins, W.Va. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)
Snow-covered roads are seen in the mountains of West Virginia Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Randolph County, W.Va. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
A vehicle travels a freshly plowed road Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after superstorm Sandy moved through Elkins, W.Va. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith)
Pedestrians share the road with vehicles in Beckley, W.Va. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm that hit late Monday and into Tuesday dumped up to 19 inches of snow in West Virginia, cutting electricity to about 271,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)
Snow plows and the Army National Guard arrive on Interstate 68 as heavy duty towing vehicle move stranded trucks and clear snow from the road, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Preston County, W.Va. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
Fall color is muted by snow on Interstate 68, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Preston County, W.va. 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)
Snow falls in Elkins, W.Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a day after Sandy slammed the eastern coast of the United States. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)