Water Storage Tanks Run Critically Low

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Hazard officials are urging everyone to take extra measures to conserve water tonight.

City Manager Paul Feltner says water storage tanks are critically low as crews restore service to several communities.

In Viper, Bethel and Mary Church are patiently waiting for water. Their taps ran dry four days ago.

"I guess there doing the best they can. I'm not here to throw off on anybody. I'd just like to see the water coming and a lot of other people would too," said Bethel Church.

The church's say about three times a day they walk a quarter of a mile to a nearby stream. That's so they can have water just to flush their toilets.

The Viper Fire Department is also relying on creeks and neighboring departments for water to fight fires. Firefighters say that was tested earlier this week.

"They were there real fast so we saved the house and was able to use a small amount of water on it," said Firefighter, Raymond Kesterson

The City of Hazard is supplying bottled water for drinking and cooking. Church, who's recovering from a heart attack, is thankful for firefighters and the magistrate who delivered it to him.

"We think we in bad shape, we go down and look around and you'll find somebody who's in a lot worse shape than we are," added Church.

Church says he knows some of his neighbors will keep waiting for running water long after his comes back.

Officials say it could take at least two days to get sufficient water levels in storage tanks.

They estimate more than 1,000 people are still without water Thursday night.

The entire Hazard water system remains under a boil water advisory.


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