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Little Relief Coming From Rain

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The rain still isn't helping those areas across the region dealing with water shortage advisories.

Not all communities are facing the water shortages.

WYMT's Dara Rees spoke with officials from communities with and without restrictions.

Rivers and creeks are running dry.

Low rain levels are the culprit for many water restrictions in our area, but one community has found no need for the cut-backs.

Many areas are feeling the pinch in their water supply because of the drought.

“Ours recharges rapidly but we've got to have a measurable rain or something widespread,” Jim Sensabaugh said.

Sensabaugh says that so far, the Big Laurel River has been able to keep with demands.

He estimates there is only a 60 to 62 day supply of water.

“Only the good lord has got controls over what will be. There's nothing close enough to pump from or cut through into ours,” Sensabaugh said.

“A lot of communities are depending on low flow, almost pumping all the creek,” Randell Young said.

Barbourville and London rely on Laurel Lake for their water.

Young says the lake is only 12 feet below normal and would have to lose much more before restrictions would be in place.

Though it seems Laurel Lake has enough to share, Young say there has been no further word on if Cumberland will use Laurel Lake’s water.

Though water restrictions are not in place in all areas, Young encourages everyone to be aware of their water usage and to not use more water than what is needed.

Meanwhile, those in the Big Laurel River Area may see mandatory restrictions if water levels do not improve...


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