Signs Of Hope For Knott County Water Crisis

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Despite the minor flooding problems, at least the sun was out Friday and there is possibly no one happier to see the brighter side of things, than residents of Knott County.

Water problems have been plaguing the county since last Thursday and now, it's all finally nearing an end.

Troublesome Creek has been living up to its name. For more than a week, there's been nothing but trouble for Knott County's water supply. Again Thursday evening, county officials say the rain made it too muddy to be purified. Residents like Vivian Amburgey just does what she can, while the water is on.

"It's alright now, but they said this evening it might get a little better. I got my washing done last night," she said.

As the sun came out, the creek finally settled and water quality tests finally showed the Kentucky National Guard could start purifying and pumping water back into the county's water supply.

Officials say residents are helping by conserving water and using bottled water to drink.

"The senior center brought me two jugs, two people brought two jugs a piece," Amburgey said.

Since the water level got to a critically low state, officials say it will take several hours to rebuild the water supply and quality. In the meantime, a water filtration system may be set up to assist in any future water disasters.

Officials say everyone still has water and pressure is improving. Bottled water is available for free at several community centers. 4,500 more gallons were donated from Corbin.

Knott County is still under a BOIL WATER ADVISORY until further notice.

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