MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - Two Kentucky school districts closed Monday because of a water emergency. Schools in Rowan and Bath counties will be open on Tuesday.
The City of Lynn Haven has placed residents in the Pine Forest subdivision under a precautionary boil water notice. (Karlis Dambrans / CC BY 2.0)
A message on the Rowan County Schools website says this weekend's rainfall and flooding caused the emergency.
"In the best interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, this water issue has compelled us to cancel class," said Rowan County Schools Superintendent John Maxey.
Bath County Schools also posted about being closed due to a boil water advisory.
Both districts will operate on a regular schedule on Tuesday.
Rowan County's superintendent says the district has bought enough bottled water for staff and students. Alternative meals will be served, and disposable plates and utilities will be used.
The Morehead Utility Plant Board says its system is back online to produce drinking water and is working on a system-wide flush.
MUPB will then begin testing the water. It's continuing its boil water advisory for the next 48-72 hours.
The advisory is also in effect for restaurants in the area.
“People have driven off due to the boil water advisory or not having fountain drinks. It really has affected business a lot," said Joshua Burriss, the general manager for Arby’s Morehead.
Burriss bought 2-liters to serve customers drinks.
Other restaurants have shortened their drink menus to hot coffee and pre-bottled drinks.
MUPB has also reached out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for help with the issue.