Thousands still without water in Perry county

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A week after extreme cold griped the state, several Kentucky communities are still dealing with water issues.

A boil water advisory is still in effect for Perry, Johnson and parts of Owen counties after water main breaks left thousands without water.

In Perry county alone, an estimated three thousand people are still without water after last week's polar snap.

The Appalachia Service Project Center in Chavies has put 37 volunteers from Wisconsin on standby.

"In order to have those volunteers here, we have to be able to provide the use of the facility, so water is a pretty important part of that," explains Steve Overfelt with the Appalachia Service Project. "Right now they've agreed to go day to day and I'm just keeping them informed as to when the water will be turned on."

Residents without water in Perry county are being told to go to the nearest fire department, where they are handing out free bottles of water.

Chief Sam Stacy, of the Hazard Police Department says they are working around the clock to make sure service is restored.

"We're moving from one tank to the other tank to make sure there aren't any leaks or anything like that. If there is a leak, we have to shut everything off, fix the leak and go right back and try to do it again."

Perry county schools have already called off classes for Tuesday because of the ongoing water issues.

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