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Officials, water customers discuss State of Emergency in Hazard

Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 3:15 PM EST
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 12/31:

On Wednesday, Acting City of Hazard Manager Tony Eversole issued a State of Emergency for the city due to water shortages.

Cold weather caused water lines to break which caused crews to work on the city’s two main tanks.

“If one of those drops then the whole system could go down, so that’s why we had to do what we had to do,” said Eversole.

Once tanks start losing water, Eversole said it is a domino effect. Nearly 400 customers out of 10,000 are without water.

“We bought over 10 thousand dollars worth of bottled water to those areas,” said Eversole. “If you don’t have water, you’re important to us, we want to get it on.”

Water customer Lorraine Collins has been without water since Monday.

“I had to go to an outside source to take a shower and to bathe because we had no water,” said Collins.

Collins added that this is not the first time she or her subdivision has been without water. She said they often experience pressure issues.

”At one time I couldn’t even get water to run in my bathroom sink because my water pressure was so low in my home,” added Collins.

Fred Eddington, a neighbor, said he was also without water. He had to take water out of his 55-gallon barrels.

“Carried in mop buckets and heat it on a stove for my wife and my daughter to bath in,” said Eddington.

As of Thursday, Collins and Eddington have water which allows them to shower and catch up on laundry.

“We’re thankful for that and we’re thankful for the city for that to working so diligent at this,” said Collins.

Original Story:

A State of Emergency has been declared for the city of Hazard.

Acting City Manager Tony Eversole declared a State of Emergency due to the water shortage inside and outside of the city.

There have been multiple waterline breaks which lead to loss of water storage capacity due to the snow we saw this past week.

As of Wednesday night, Perry County had 400 customers out of the 10,000 on the system still without water. These customers are mainly in the Ary, Bulan, Dwarf, Pine Valley, and Rowdy communities. The tank that supplies those areas had drained over the past several days, starting before Christmas, and was exacerbated by the cold weather.

After repairs by city employees, all leaks have been repaired and the tank in Bulan is refilling. The city water plant is currently running at capacity to keep tanks filled.

For those needing a shower during normal work hours, contact the Hazard Police Department, as they are facilitating showers at the Hazard Pavilion.

More water is also being taken to Robinson Elementary at 10:00 a.m. Friday.

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