Cold weather added to water woes in Paris Tuesday

PARIS, Ky. (WKYT) - The extreme cold made a water problem even worse in Paris Tuesday.

Paris city leaders say it all started when a car hit a fire hydrant, damaging a water line on Scott Avenue, near the city's water tower.

However, the valves nearby were frozen, and in turn, that kept water from getting between the tower and the city of Paris.

"The city has 2,500,000 gallons of water stored, and it affected all of that 2,500,000 gallons," Paris Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Duffy said.

City leaders said they dealt with many phone calls Tuesday from people asking why they didn't have water.

Crews spent the day putting in a temporary fix for the problem, and the city's manager hopes residents recognize just how much hard work it took to make that happen.

"Bitter cold, down in the water, if most people could just understand what they go through, then they would appreciate them (the crews) all the more," Paris City Manager John Plummer said.

Crews say they will install a permanent fix for the problem once the weather warms up.

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