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Water woes continue to affect Perry County

Hazard city officials hope the warmer weather will help the water situation.

Hazard City Manager Paul Feltner says about three thousand customers are without water right now.

He says they are still trying to fill storage tanks and are asking people that do have water to conserve.

There is no timetable on when service will be restored to everyone or when a boil water advisory might be lifted.

Some have been without water for weeks.

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HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A continued water shortage coupled with snowy weather in eastern Kentucky has Perry County schools officials worried about learning, testing and nutrition of students.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that while the weather has affected several school systems, Perry County public school students haven't been in classes since Dec. 18.

The county canceled classes again Wednesday for lack of water and officials say Thursday and Friday are doubtful.

Students will have fewer instructional days before state testing in April and children from many families are missing the breakfast and lunch programs.

Family Resource Center Director Harvey Colwell says a "backpack program" that provides needy students with food to take home for the weekend can only operate when classes are in session.

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