Knox County Community Praying For More Rain

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Some much needed rain finally falls across Southeastern Kentucky and more could be on the way. One community is especially happy to see the rain. Residents say their homes in Knox County aren't connected to any city or county water supply, so they have to use buckets to collect water when it rains or run pipes from a nearby pond. They say the drought is just making their problem worse.

Since they don't have any clean water running through their faucets, many Alex Creek residents say they rely on Mother Nature. But in these dry times, they say usable water is very hard to find.

"We gotta fight for our water and pray for it to rain," said Alex Creek Resident Kim Collett.

Just to flush the toilet, Collett's family has to drag buckets of water from a nearby creek.

"You've gotta make sure you don't fall on the way back up," she said.

Alex Creek residents say pipes run from a nearby pond which is nearly dried up and muddy. They say even if they do get water from that, it's only for flushing or showering. They have to buy any kind of water for drinking or cooking. One of the only ways they get water is by setting up a barrel on the side of the house to collect rain water. As you can imagine, they're not getting much of that these days.

"Me pregnant, I have to lift the bucket. Me seven weeks to go pregnant and lift it over the ringer washer," said Jessica Blankenship.

"We have to get one of those big old jugs out just to rinse a cup out," Collett said.

Some residents say the water has affected their health.

"I stay sick to my stomach, been this way a long time," said Geneva Collett.

Geneva says she doesn't know how much more packing water her body can take.

"I would be more than happy to get good water," she said.

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