12 Days And Still No Water

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Hazard officials say customers waiting for their water to come back on may get relief by Thursday morning. Meanwhile, water crews are trying to fix leaks and fill storage tanks in the north end of Perry County.

Day 12 and still no water coming from this faucet at Air Methods Ambulance Service in Chavies.

"The weather for flying has been kind of tough, but being on the ground without water makes it a little more difficult to get along," said Pilot Eric Morschhauser.

The building doubles as a headquarters and home for pilots who work seven day shifts. Morschhauser says the hardest part is not knowing how long the problem will last.

"For example, if I need to sleep off site to be able to conduct normal hygiene I need to know if I'm going to make it a one night stay or a five night stay," added Morschhauser.

And homeowners nearby say they are having a hard time finding water.

"Took three jugs up there and they were out of water at Save-A-Lot and most of the grocery stores. Everybody buying water up," said Mary Baker.

Sykes Enterprises installed two water tanks last year after experiencing several water outages. The company employs 700 people and site manager Chris Melton says going without water is not an option.

"Not just for an employer stand point, but for both of our clients we support, it would be catastrophic," said Melton.

Hazard water customers remain under a boil water advisory. They're also asked to conserve water until further notice.


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  • by JMAN on Feb 1, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Why wasn't my comment posted, I get tired of people ragging on the coal industry and blaming them for every thing. People from Lexington should mind thier own business if they have nothing good to say. Why do you print thier inflamitory comments but censor mine? I said nothing that was offensive or obscene. This is a shame
  • by Angela Location: Jamestown on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    I am still without water, I have two kids the amount of money I am spending on fresh water and the laundry mat is getting insane, but what else can I do, they have to have clean clothes to wear to school and bath. We have been without long enough, give our water back!!
  • by JMAN Location: anywhere but Lex on Jan 29, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    You super liberals are funny, when it's your town you cry a river, but if it is out this way you say mean things about where we live and how it's coals fault. Why don't you people stop supporting animal abuse and gambling? I didn't hear you tell people of N.O. to stop supporting crim, gangs, gambling, murder, ect... when Katrina struck. You just blamed the government as if the President could have prevented a hurricane.......typical
  • by whathappen Location: somewhere without water. on Jan 29, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    What happen I thought we were suppose to have water today.. what a big crock of poop. this is crazy, something needs to be done about this. its already been 11 days i think thats long enough.. Please people give us our water back...
  • by Frank Location: Lex on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Move out of that little coal controlled town.
  • by Kellie on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Drill a well and stop supporting coal mining -----the very culprit that has destroyed your water.
  • by smelly Location: empty tanks on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:41 AM
    i noticed on tv the hazard management observing the water gagues that the water tanks wire filling up.it looks like from my observation that this could be used to know how much of a leek was occuring and shut off out flow valves long before the tank is empty.don't blame the water leaks for empty tanks.

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