Perry water issues nearly resolved; school to resume Thursday

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 1/15/14:

An end may be in sight for Perry County's water problems.

Officials say they are nearing completion on repairs, and nearly all customers should have running water by the end of the day Wednesday.

Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble declared a state of emergency last week to help communities still affected, which include the Busy, Willard, Buckhorn, and Ball Creek areas.

"We've put out over 3,300 cases of water so far, and as you can see we're still loading and we're still getting water in, and we'll be doing that until this is over," he said as county workers and volunteer firemen loaded pallets of water onto trucks.

Officials with the Perry County School District say students will finally be able to go back to school after an 11 day extension of their Christmas break.

The local health department approved the use of portable toilets for the 14th Region All-A Classic at Buckhorn Tuesday night.

Superintendent Jonathan Jett says students will not have to use them when classes resume Thursday.

"I'd like to commend all of the people that have been out working on the water lines," he said. "I know they've been working hard and working a lot of times around the clock to get water restored across the county."

Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy, who coordinated the city's efforts to restore water, says they are in the process of filling lines.

"It's a methodical process you have to do one at a time, so once we get the lines filled in that area we'll begin filling the tank and people should see their pressure come back to near normal," he said.

Judge Noble said he wanted to thank everyone for their patience, the organizations that donated water, and the volunteers and city and county workers who put in extra time dealing with the problem.


Original Story:

About 3,000 people were without water in Perry County Friday afternoon and it could be a few days before it is back on.

Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy says the hard freeze led to several water line breaks.

The areas impacted the most are along Route 7, including Viper, Cornettsville, and Leatherwood.

The Lotts Creek Community has also been affected. Stacy says even though the last few days have been warmer, other factors impact the problem.
He says, "people that were running their water to keep it from freezing, that's depleting our system. we're asking that the citizens not do that and they try to conserve water as much as possible."

They hope to have the water back on in two to three days.

Officials are urging people to not call 911 if they have an outage.
They ask you to call Hazard P.D. at (606) 436-2222.
You could call the Hazard Water Plant (606) 436-2033.
Also, give Hazard City Fire Department a call at (606) 436-2345.

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