UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Greenup County

UPDATE 2/13/14
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- After several days with water issues, a boil water advisory has been lifted in Greenup County, Kentucky.

Mayor Lundie Meadows announced the advisory had been lifted Thursday.

The advisory had been in place for a couple of weeks after several line breaks and weather issues.

LOAD, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of people got their water back Sunday in Greenup County. Greenup Mayor Lundie Meadows says crews restored water to several areas, but that still leaves about 300 to 400 without water.

Many people in Load, Kentucky have had to go without water for two weeks.

Greenup County has had many water problems since the beginning of January, and the folks in Load know all too well how it feels to be without.

Nathan Imel has kept his family going with a lot of bottled water and family members that are willing to share.

"I have to carry the water in and take care of all the commodes and she's having to boil water if they want to wash their hair, said Imel. "We've been fortunate to have family members who still have water."

Yet, life's been even tougher for Richard Sizemore. He has to do those things with water from a creek in his backyard, and he says his last trip nearly sent him to the hospital when he fell on snow and ice.

The Load Fire Department is facing the same hassle, which could come at a much larger price during an emergency.

"That puts us in jeopardy with the fire department if we got a fire we have to call 3 or 4 other fire departments right off the bat to supply water not even include fighting the fire," said Load Fire Chief, Garth Wireman.

City and county officials say they've done all they can, but for folks in Load, two weeks without water has come at much too high of a cost.

"I think everybody was understanding for 8 to 10 days, and that should be enough," said Terry Osborne.

The Red Cross has been distributing bottled water at the fire department since this past Thursday. Mayor Meadows says there are more line breaks in the areas that are still without water.

Once those breaks are located and fixed, they will turn the water back on. However, he says that could still be a few more days.

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