National Guard Helps Restore Town's Water

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) - National Guard troops were busy pumping water out of a small stream to help supply an Appalachian coal town's residents.

Wells in the eastern Kentucky town abruptly went dry.

The soldiers built a makeshift dam across Troublesome Creek and were using equipment to purify the water.

Some Knott County residents had been without water since late last week after wells went dry in the area about 130 miles southeast of Lexington.

Officials still haven't determined what caused the wells that serve Hindman and outlying areas to go dry.

Crews were expected to restore water to residents by tomorrow morning.

Resident Sharon Boggs had only been able to get a trickle from her faucets since Friday. She says she just hopes it lasts.

Some students in Knott County will get to spend another day at home due to water problems.

All schools will be in session except Knott Central High School, Carr Creek Elementary, and Hindman Elementary.

Those schools will be closed Wednesday.

All other schools will be open.

Officials hope everyone will be able to return by Thursday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.)

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