Frustration Growing for Neighbors without Water in Boone County


BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- While progress is being made in getting the water ban lifted, so many people remain without.

Frustration continues to grow in Boone County, now the seventh night into this crisis.

"It's weighing on people's minds,” Madison resident Michelle Chafin said. “It's about to drive some people nuts."

Madison resident Melinda Winn says she feels like Boone County is being forgotten.

"We're not in a big city,” Winn said. “We're the last ones on their list. It's like we're the bucket list, at the bottom of the bucket with the soot, the coal dust."

Winn says her family is out of clean sheets and clothes, and it’s increasingly stressful not being able to shower.

Greg Lay, the director of Boone County Emergency Management, says some of the restaurants have been able to open back up using bottles and jugs of water, but for drive-thru and carry-out orders only.

Lay says the National Guard is delivering water there on a daily basis. That's also allowing Boone Memorial Hospital to remain open.

Jaime Manring from Jackson, Ohio, sent us a picture on Facebook Wednesday night of a big delivery of water and supplies from Jackson down to Madison.

They put out a call for donations in Jackson over the weekend.


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