UPDATE 2/4/14 @ 11:30 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Water is flowing again in downtown Greenup, after a massive water main break shut down the county’s entire water system Tuesday morning.
Greenup Mayor Lundie Meadows told WSAZ.com the break happened about 7 a.m. Tuesday just off U.S. 23 in Greenup. At the time it happened, Meadows said, the main water tank in Greenup was at a level of about 26 feet, out of a 35-foot tank, with approximately 375,000 gallons of water inside.
“It flat-lined it to zero this morning in a matter of minutes,” Meadows said.
Now that the main has been repaired, Meadows tells WSAZ.com that the water tank needs to reach a level of 20 feet before workers can begin allowing water to flow out to other parts of the county. He estimated that would include about 2,000 customers – nearly half of those affected by the main break.
For Scott Howard, who lives along Route 7 near Load, Ky., this has been the worst of the three times his family has been without water in the last couple of weeks. Tuesday marked the sixth day under a boil water advisory or with no water.
“We're going to hope for it, but I don't think so,” Howard said, reaching to turn on his kitchen sink tap. “There's a little dribble [so] there's some hope there yet, so we still don't have water.”
Meadows called the main water tank in Greenup the “heartbeat” of the water system that feeds most of the county. That’s why getting the main repaired quickly was so crucial.
“It's just crushed us, it's crushed all of us,” Meadows said. “We just need some good luck. Some good fortune is what we need.”
Howard, who has about 65 cows on his land, said being without water was difficult.
“Some of [the cows are] getting to drink out of the ditches, what they can get, but it's making it very tough,” Howard said. “We take everything for granted through life. Water is a necessity that we have to have, and we're definitely finding that and going through the trials of it.”
Meadows tells WSAZ.com that they are not handing out bottled water at this point because so many small towns and water systems are having water problems.
“We're having to just make the phone calls and just hope and pray that someone calls us back and says, ‘Hey, we've got some water, we're shipping it to ya,’” Meadows said.
Yet, Meadows hopes about six pallets will be brought in Wednesday morning. He is also expecting a truck load from North Carolina to roll into town Thursday.
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According to 911, the system is not producing water and filling the Greenup tank at his time. As a result, the rest of the tanks in system are also not getting water.
A boil water advisory is still in effect for the water district.
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