Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 13, 2014

End to Greenup water problems in sight

GREENUP — An end to the problems the Greenup water system had been experiencing for the previous several days appeared to be in sight on Monday.

Service was expected to be restored to about 90 percent of the system’s customers who had been affected by service outages by about 9 p.m., Greenup Mayor Lundie Meadows said.

Leaks from numerous water-line breaks virtually emptied the system’s main tank last week, forcing supply shutoffs to the Lloyd, Coal Branch, Cub Run and Beechy areas. Those shutoffs interrupted water service to about 2,000 customers.

According to Meadows, the main tank, which holds 425,000 gallons, refilled Sunday night, which enabled the city to reopen the valve to the Lloyd tank. By Monday afternoon, there was about 6 feet of water in that tank, he said.

Greenup was also able to augment its supply by purchasing some water from Cannonsburg Water District, Meadows said. The city had been unable to do that because that system was also having difficulties, but “Ashland was able to supply some water to Cannonsburg and Cannonsburg sold it to us,” he said.

Meadows also said water distribution points for those affected by the outages had been set up at the Lloyd and Load fire stations. He said roughly 1,700 cases of water had been trucked in, and the Greenup County Office of Emergency Management was coordinating distribution.

The water-line breaks were caused by last week’s extreme shift in temperatures, from below zero during the early part of the week to the mid-50s during the latter.

“Whenever that happens, it causes the ground to shift and that’s when you start getting line breaks,” Meadows said.

Greenup County schools and Greenbo Lake State Resort Park were shut down on Friday because of water issues and both remained closed on Monday.

The city of Greenup is the principal water supplier to the rural areas of Greenup County, serving about 4,300 customers.

Other Greenup County cities also experienced water issues last week, but those had mostly been resolved Monday. However, Raceland was still asking its customers to conserve water because of low tank levels caused by line breaks. A Nixle alert issued shortly before 1 p.m. indicated the city was down to a five-hour supply of water.

Raceland gets its water from the Russell water plant, which last week temporarily shut off the valves to Raceland and Flatwoods to allow the city to replenish its tanks, which had been drained by line breaks. However, Russell Water Superintendent Paul Moore said Monday that both valves had been reopened and water was flowing to both cities at full capacity.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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