Water Shortage Forces Shutdown of State Park

By: MacKenzie Bates Email
By: MacKenzie Bates Email

The ongoing water shortage in Perry County forces a state park to close.

But there is some good news for the area that's been without water for almost four weeks.

Officials say water service could be restored to all of Buckhorn by Monday.

This is certainly good news to customers who have suffered for almost a month without water.

Slowly but surely, water service is being restored to customers in Buckhorn.

“Thanks to the Kentucky National Guard, we've been able to get water back to 100 homes tonight,” Buckhorn Water Manager Robin Gabbard says.

Officials from Buckhorn are handing out water to anyone who needs it.

“It’s difficult for everyone to manage on a gallon jug of water,” Gabbard says. “You can't run a home on a gallon jug but for elderly people it's very difficult to not only find water but keep water in the house and make their systems work.”

Gil Lawson with the State Tourism Commission says after the shortage began, Buckhorn Lake State Park remained open in hopes the problem would be fixed quickly.

“As it turned out, we're still waiting on repairs and there's still some other problems so the decision was made this week to close the park because we do not have a source of water for the park,” Lawson says.

There is also the safety of people who stay at Buckhorn.

“The park has to maintain a certain amount of water in its storage tank so we had to maintain that just for fire safety,” Lawson says.

Gabbard says contractors have everything in place to restore water service to buckhorn.

“Now that they are here and materials are here I’m hoping with no more bad luck that side of the project might actually be done in two days,” Gabbard says.

And gab bard says that cannot come soon enough.

Gabbard says crews are doing all they can to bring water back to the area as quickly as possible.

Officials say there were no more setbacks in any other parts of the county today either.

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