Push to clear the waters in Letcher County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

The water issues in Letcher County started five months ago and will not be fixed until July.

For those in Mill Creek, getting by until then is going to be a challenge with water they cannot drink, cook with, or bathe in.

"We live in a toxic dump," said Christopher Yonts, who lives in Mill Creek.

At least that is what it seems like for the more than 100 people living in Mill Creek where their water is orange instead of clear.

Yonts says it has gone on long enough.

"It ain't even fit for a dog to drink. We really need help," said Yonts.

Yonts says his water used to be clean, clear, and healthy, and he even drilled a second well hoping for something less dirty.

"I couldn't take a bath because I would not take a bath in that kind of water," said Jimmy Hall, who lives in Mill Creek.

Many people in the area hold the coal companies responsible.

"These companies need to make it right and provide us clean water. I don't blame the county on that. It's a business matter, but it needs to be fixed because kids are involved now," said Yonts.

Funding from the state and county is in writing to provide these people with tap water, so they no longer depend on wells.

"Not being able to get water faster to the people is the worst part. We know they need it. We want them to have it, but it's a matter of getting enough funding packaged," said Jim Ward, the Letcher County Judge-Executive.

Folks on Shelby Fork Road will continue clearing the waters using bottled water until then.

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