Whitesburg still cannot use water

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

City of Whitesburg customers are still without water tonight.

Officials are waiting for test results from Frankfort to find out what is in the river.

The contamination is affecting a number of people, businesses, and even emergency crews throughout the county.

For the third time since November 2008, people in Whitesburg are lining up to pick up water.

Patricia Johnson works at Cut Away, a beauty salon near City Hall. They are still seeing customers even though they cannot turn on their sinks.

"We've been heating water in the crock pots, then pouring it back in. Then pouring it over the customer's head," said Patricia Johnson.

Some city workers delivered water all weekend while others were stationed at the fire department giving out boxes.

Each family can come by and pick up one case of drinking water, which has six gallon jugs inside.

The water contamination also hurts county emergency crews. Letcher Fire and Rescue had to send five of their seven ambulances to bring dialysis patients to Pike and Floyd County hospitals for treatment.

"They're already weak and tired from the dialysis treatment, and the rides there and back. It's taking a toll on them," said John Amburgey from Letcher Fire and Rescue.

But Amburgey says just like many others in Whitesburg, they are just trying to get by for now.

If you need to pick up water, you can go to the Whitesburg Fire Department or the Cowan Recycling Center.

Both County Judge Executive Jim Ward and Mayor James Wiley Craft say are hoping to learn the test results Monday night or Tuesday.

Ward says the substance in the river looks and smells like diesel fuel.


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