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Letcher Co. water outages decreasing; some still without water

Update: 2/19/13

FLEMING-NEON, Ky. (WYMT) - Water outages in one eastern Kentucky community are decreasing. But some people have been without water for two weeks.

John L. Hall lives in the Goose Creek community of Fleming-Neon. He went without water for four days before service resumed on Tuesday morning.

"It was frustrating," Hall said. "I got up in the morning to take my shower first thing and (couldn't) take a shower. Then (I would) flush the toilet and have to go to the creek to get the water to flush it, so you're just allowed to use the toilet one time. Very, very inconvenient."

Hall said going without water is similar to living "like a third world country."

Hall's neighbor, Norma Jean Caudill, was thankful to have her water back.

"It's really exciting" Caudill said. "It really is. But I don't know how long it's going to stay on. It's pretty hard if you can't take a bath and can't do your dishes or anything."

All customers of Fleming-Neon city water were still under a boil water advisory, as of Tuesday night.

Some people who live farther back in Goose Creek have no water at all.

Amanda Holbrook and her family have been without water service for nearly two weeks.

"I have a seven-week-old infant at home," Holbrook said. "I'm having to go buy water from the grocery store just to wash bottles. I have two older children who go to school and play sports so when they come home I'm having to run to my mother's house in another town just so they can take baths."

On Tuesday water officials were still working to repair a major line break.

WYMT left a message for Fleming-Neon's mayor, Susan Polis. As of Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. our call for comment had not been returned.

Polis previously told WYMT water officials were working around-the-clock to ensure service is restored to everyone as soon as possible.

Update: 2/11/13

FLEMING-NEON, Ky. (WYMT) - People in one eastern Kentucky community are growing frustrated after not having water for several days.

Dozens of people in the Goose Creek area of Fleming-Neon in Letcher County have been without water for as many as five days while officials work to repair a water line break.

"It's frustrating," Shelly Mullins said. "I can't flush my commode. I can't do dishes. I mean I have dishes piled up from my stove all the way over. It's a mess."

Mullins and dozens of others were able to get some water Monday from the East Letcher Ministry.

"A lot of people are having a really hard time, like the older people and stuff like that," ministry distribution coordinator Opal Sexton said. "The ones that can't really get out of the house to do anything."

Diana Fallon went to the ministry Monday to get water for her mother.

"My mom lives in a house that's upstairs," Fallons said. "You have to carry it in. You know, I'm not getting any younger so it's a little rough on your back sometimes."

Waylon Thacker, another Goose Creek resident without water, said, "I just wish they would get it fixed right now."

WYMT left a message for Mayor Susan Polis. As of 6:00 Monday, our call for comment had not been returned.

The East Letcher Ministry will be open Wednesday through Friday from nine a.m. to four p.m.

Original story from 2/7/13:

FLEMING-NEON, Ky. (WYMT) - People in one area of Letcher County have been experiencing problems with their water the last few days.

Fleming-Neon officials have been forced to shut off water in some parts of the city while they repair a major line break.

"I can't do my dishes and I can't take a bath," said Shelly Mullins, who was without water for much of Thursday. "I can't really do anything you would do on a normal day."

Mullins lives in the Goose Creek community. Kendra Day also lives there with her eight-week-old daughter.

"It messes everything up," Day said. "I can't wash bottles or anything. I'd rather go back to the boil water advisory. At least then I could boil some."

Mayor Susan Polis and Water Supervisor Chris Banks were both unavailable for comment on camera. But both said they were working to alleviate the problem as soon as possible.

Polis said 90 percent of the people in Fleming-Neon have usable water. Those who do not are hoping the problem is fixed soon.

"We need water," Mullins said. "We need to bathe our children and send them to school. A lot of us up here have little kids that go to school and without that water we can't really do anything."


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