Dead kudzu clings to a power pole saddled with transformers in Coalburg. The "foot-a-night" vine is very invasive in West Virginia and across the southeastern states. Although the vine does not knock down power poles, it does cause a problem for American Electric employees who must climb the poles to maintain power lines.
Kudzu is seen here climbing a tree on Longridge Road. The vine can eventually bring trees down with its weight. It was brought to the United States to be used as ground cover and to stop soil erosion.
This kudzu patch on Londeree Avenue in South Charleston, like other patches, takes over an area choking out all other vegetation. Currently, there is no state funding to deal with the plant.