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Residents Thankful For Wednesday's Rain

Some people are actually very thankful for Wednesday's storms.

Water plant managers say the rain means no more water cutbacks for customer and no more concern over water levels. Magoffin County depends on the Licking River for water. The drought caused it to drop, but managers say the rain is bringing it back to where it belongs.

The rain was a welcome sight and a much needed sight for Magoffin County's water shortage. Salyersville Water Plant Manager Martin Vanderpool knows first hand. He monitors the water levels.

"It was tense," Vanderpool said.

He's watched Magoffin County's main water source, the Licking River's water level drop almost everyday.

"If we didn't have the wells, we would have been out of water in two weeks," Vanderpool said.

But Vanderpool says the rain raised the water levels two inches, enough to ease the water shortage.

"It's a lot better today than it was yesterday," he said.

"It's been very bad. We haven't had a lot of water," said Magoffin County Resident Thomas Hoskins.

Hoskins cut back his water usage so he was glad to see the rain ease the water crunch.

"It's helped things a lot. We're all proud that it has rained I guess," Hoskins said.

Plant managers say they're not back to normal.

"The ground is still pretty dry. It's going to take quite a bit of rain to recharge all that," Vanderpool said.

But the Licking River water level is raising enough to get the county through the year and help Vanderpool.

"That last rain, I finally went home and got a good night's sleep. It'd been awhile," he said.

Though he's still hoping for more rain.

Water plant managers believe they need 10-12 more inches of rain to get the river back to its normal winter levels, but say residents shouldn't have to worry now.


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