Water returns to parts of Knott County

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

MOUSIE, Ky (WYMT) - After more than one week without water throughout parts of our region, on Wednesday some folks in Knott County can finally turn their faucets back on.

Slowly but surely the water is coming back on in the Mousie community and several folks tell WYMT it is not a moment too soon. Everyone in town has dealt with the news of no water differently. Wanda Owens never stopped smiling despite a dry faucet.

"We do not like to do dishes anyway, so why bother about it? But anyway, it is no big deal. We were out of water. We will get water," said Owens.

Late Tuesday night, that is exactly what happened. Many residents said they were delighted to get their water back on. However, not everyone was as forgiving of the situation. Mousie resident and business owner Amy Reed said no water caused her a serious headache.

"For me it has been terrible because I am not only a resident, but I am a business owner. So I have been on an unplanned, unpaid vacation," said Reed.

For Owens, who said she was managing with just bottles of water, she is thankful her community made it through.

"There was something real good come out of this. All the neighbors got together. They talked to each other and probably some that did not talk to each other in years. Everybody just laughed and joked and had a good time," said Owens.

Even though water is starting to come back on in town, WYMT has still not heard if Jones Fork Elementary School, which is located in Mousie, will be open on Thursday.

The Jones Fork Fire Chief said some of the hollows near Mousie are still without water but it should be back on soon.

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