Mayor Concerned Over Water Tank

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

As we first told you last month, state officials say there's an emergency situation in one Eastern Kentucky city where a water tank is in danger of collapsing.

"I'm concerned about the people here, especially in this general vicinity," said Benham Mayor John Dudd.

Benham's mayor says if that happens, water could rush towards homes and kill residents. But he says the city has no money to fix it and is hoping to get state funds. One thing leaders in Benham, Cumberland, and Lynch have considered for years is to connect their water and sewer systems to pool resources and save money so they could be ready for emergencies like this.

"I would be willing to go along with the other two cities if it was proven to be beneficial," said Cumberland Mayor Loretta Cornett.

All three mayors say they're waiting on the results of a feasibility study before making up their minds. As for Benham's water tank, local legislators are working on getting money from the state soon.

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