UPDATE: Water Issues Continue in Greenup County, Kentucky

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
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Water problems continue in Greenup County, Ky., where some people have now been without water for more than a week now.

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UPDATE 2/7/14 @ 5:45 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Water problems continue in Greenup County, Ky., where some people have now been without water for more than a week.

Dennis Bass, Emergency Management Director for Greenup County, told WSAZ.com on Friday morning that the water system looked good as of Thursday night, with fewer than 1,000 customers out of water. Bass said the situation got worse suddenly, with water tank levels dropping, which meant they had to shut off parts of the system again.

The American Red Cross was called in to help by distributing bottled water at four sites in Greenup County: the Little Sandy Fire Station on Route 1, the Oldtown Fire Department, the Load Fire Department and the Maloneton Fire Department.

People can pick up a case of bottled water per family each day.

Linda Van Horn said she was grateful for the bottled water, since her two children, ages 10 and 11, are home from school because of the water situation.

“With me being on a fixed income, I can't go out and buy the water,” Van Horn said. “You've got water at the house and really can't use it.”

Her frustration is shared by others in Greenup County.

Tammy Hilton lost water more than a week ago. “I'd just like to have a hot shower,” Hilton said.

Hilton, a bus driver for Greenup County Schools, said the change in routine was tough on everyone. “You're used to getting up every morning and picking your kids up, go to school and then you get up and you can't run your bus cause [there is] no school,” Hilton said.

Red Cross volunteer Ramona Hibbard has helped out during the West Virginia water crisis. Now, in Kentucky, she feels for families going without water.

“It's very difficult, you know. It's hard to live without water and it's very stressful, and we just try to help the people best we can,” Hibbard said.

Hibbard said she and other volunteers were able to give out one case each day to every family, but for families with small children or babies, sometimes they could make exceptions.

As of Friday evening, officials had not made numbers available regarding the number of people without water in Greenup County.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.

ORIGINAL STORY 2/7/14 @ 10:25 a.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Water issues continue to plague residents in Greenup County, Kentucky.

As of Thursday evening, there were still 1,000 residents in the county without water, which is the lowest number since a man break was reported earlier this week.

Dennie Bass, Emergency Management Director, tells WSAZ.com crews are taking water to the Little Sandy Fire Department, which is one of four distribution sites in the county. Residents can also get water at the Oldtown Fire Department, Load Fire Department and Maloneton Fire Department.

Bass says water levels continue to rise and fall. Thursday, they had to shut off more valves and look for problems once the level started dropping again.

Some city workers from Raceland have been called in to help with the water issues.

As of Friday morning, there is no word on how many customers are without water still.

We have a crew heading to Greenup County today and will have the latest on this story at Midday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest.

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