GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – For the second time this month, water is running out for David Floyd’s family.
“Trying to prepare, you know, as best we can,” Floyd said. “We'll run a few things full, buckets, or just get ready to do without water. We'll try to conserve and yet try to have enough to drink.”
Floyd and others in Greenup County, Ky. face low pressure or no water, as warming temperatures have caused leaks and breaks in the water system and have drained tanks to critically low levels.
“We're up against Mother Nature,” Greenup Mayor Lundie Meadows said. “With the temperatures that we've had, and now the warm-up that's coming, we're going to experience even more leaks.”
Meadows tells WSAZ.com that all the tanks in Greenup’s system are running critically low, including the main tank. He said the plant is producing 1,200 gallons of water per minute and workers have shut off the water supply to some tanks in order to build the main tank back up to acceptable levels. As of Thursday afternoon, Meadows said about 1,000 taps in the county were completely out of water and people were being asked to conserve.
“Looking at the trend of how things are going right now, I would estimate that number will grow, probably overnight,” Meadows said.
In Lloyd, Ky., where Floyd and his family live, the tank has no water at all. That tank also feeds Greenup County High School and Greysbranch Elementary, which meant students at all Greenup County Schools were dismissed at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Superintendent Steve Hall said it was unfortunate because the district had hoped warmer temperatures would mean students could get back to class.
“Today we really felt we had an opportunity to get back in school, then once we got kids in school this morning, we had some water issues resurface that we'd had a couple weeks ago,” Hall said Thursday. “If we can get good news and be back in tomorrow, it'd be great. But to be honest, I think it's probably going to extend into the weekend.”
Hall noted that the situation was difficult for parents who may have planned to have their kids at school until 3 p.m. Chuck Thacker, the father of a freshman, said it was aggravating, but not as bad for him as other parents.
“I’m self-employed, so I can come down. There's a lot of people where they've got day care and things like that,” Thacker said.
He added, “I know what's coming. It's going to get worse before it gets better.”
Hall told WSAZ.com that the district averages about 18 days off due to snow or weather each year. He said Thursday makes the 13th day off so far this school year.
“Our kids are looking at going to school in June now, so they're not happy about that, but we'll just have to work through it,” Hall said.
“We're doing everything humanly possible to restore the service,” Meadows said. “Patience and more patience. It's going to take time.”
Normally, Greenup can buy water from Cannonsburg’s water district to help in an emergency. Meadows said that is not a possibility right now because of the water problems in Ashland, which supplies Cannonsburg – “a trickle-down effect.”
Greenup Water customers can fill up containers at the Greenup Fire Department, but that water is not for drinking.
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