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Some concerned for safety during water outages

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Much of Johnson County is closing in on one week without running water.

County officials have been supplying bottled water, but some folks say not having running water presents a bigger safety issue.

"Things are looking up a little bit better, but still we want to be prepared for the rest of the week and hopefully everything will improve like it looks like we're coming along pretty good today," said Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure.

The Johnson County Rescue Squad has been handing out nearly 80 cases of water per day and say even as water comes back on pressure is lacking.

"We understand that people have been out of water for quite some time, but the more that we use out of these tanks the more time it takes to fill them back up," said Brian Benham, Battalion Chief for the rescue squad.

For some the worries extend further than dry faucets.

Dry hydrants mean no water for fighting fires.

"We would immediately be calling to other departments for mutual aid for tanker support. We wouldn't have enough pressure in some of the hydrants to fill some of our trucks up," said Benham.

Officials with Paintsville Utilities say they were able to connect to their new water plant Tuesday night.

They hope to have everyone's water back on Wednesday night.


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