Low Temperatures Freeze Water Supply in Fort Gay

FORT GAY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Frozen water lines have left many in Fort Gay without water for the past two days.

Officials with Fort Gay Water Works say they've been having problems since the first of the year, when temperatures started dropping.

The problem is the intake valve. Since it's only a couple of feet under water, the pipe's opening freezes shut, keeping fresh water from flowing into the plant.

Crews are then forced to snake through the pipe to break the ice up, but in the mean time all water tanks are drained making the refill process that much longer.

Josh Powers has been without water since Friday, but says he's found a way around it.

"I shoveled up some snow and put it in the buckets and melted it on the stove just to flush the toilets last night," said Powers.

The water was turned back on Sunday afternoon, and officials say nearly everyone should have water Sunday night.

However, with sub zero temperatures expected next week, they say this could be an ongoing problem.

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