Officials Say Snow Was Just What They Needed

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

People in one eastern Kentucky community are actually calling the snow a good thing for them.

On Wednesday Jenkins officials lifted water restrictions, they say at least in part due to the snow.

They're saying with a little more snow their water worries will be over.

Five months ago, Mayor Charlie Dixon never thought he'd look forward to the chilly weather.

“It's the first time I ever told someone, I hope we have a lot of deep snows, but it’s to get our water table back up,” Mayor Dixon said.

With the drought hitting Jenkins hard in August, the city council voted to enforce a 1986 ordinance for mandatory water restrictions.

It is one that included fines for residents refusing to conserve.

“It was just something we had to do. Either water flowers or have drinking water,” Mayor Dixon said.

Paul Greer has watched the water level at the lake for years and says he never felt too concerned.

“It's about average seems to me, I don't think there's been any great disaster here,” Paul Greer said.

Mayor Dixon says no fines were issued and thanks to residents conserving water along with recent rain and now snow, water levels are back up.

“The lake went from a level 42 inches downward and to back up to about 20,” Mayor Dixon said.

“Now you can see it's up and rising every day,” Greer said.

Mayor Dixon hopes to get ahead of possible drought problems next year with more heavy snow.

People in neighboring, Fleming-Neon are still being asked to conserve water in the surrounding area.

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