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Letcher water line break

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Some residents in Letcher County are forced to boil their water tonight after a water line break left some without water...again. While it was not as serious as a problem in December that caused thousands to lose water service, many are still upset.

The Letcher County water shortage in December is still fresh in everyone's minds.

"You couldn't clean, you couldn't wash. You had to get water at the fire station which I'm glad they provided that, but even the simplest task was extremely difficult," said Margaret Whitaker, a resident who lives in Burton Hill.

About 40 households in the Burton Hill area were reminded about that experience after a line break.

"The freezing and thawing shifts the ground and it was at a 90 degree elbow and the elbow come off," said Jim Ward, Letcher County Judge Executive.

People were out of water on and off since Thursday.

"Today we were in the house and suddenly the water poof! went off and we wish we had prior notice," Whitaker said.

Many people in the neighborhood expressed their frustrations about having no water, but did not want to go on camera. Most people did say they were just happy to have their water back and running.

"Eventually we're looking at two more connections to the Knott County regional plant so that'll help us in the long run if you got different avenues you can come though," Ward explained.

The water came back on around three Friday afternoon. Those households affected by the water line break are now under a boil water advisory.


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