Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 14, 2014

Water crises improving in Greenup County

Lana Bellamy
The Independent

ASHLAND — As of Tuesday afternoon, various Greenup County cities were showing strong signs of recovery from dramatic water shortages that have plagued them since Friday.

A brief look at the situation in each town:

Raceland

Public Works Director Pete Cochran said Monday a line break leaking through a fire hydrant caused the city’s water tank to run dry. After working for 12 hours, Cochran said workers repaired the line by 11 a.m. and water service was restored to customers.

All customers receiving water from Raceland are still under a boil-water advisory until further notice because of low water levels reported Tuesday.

Cochran said the advisory can be lifted once water samples return with clean results, but until then, he urged customers to also conserve water usage while tanks refill.

Flatwoods

The water situation in Flatwoods was moving in a positive direction, despite Public Works Supervisor Brent Dean reporting up to three water-line breaks Tuesday.

The city issued a boil-water advisory for areas in the line-break locations, which included Farm Hill Drive, Valley Drive, Birch Street, Greenbo Boulevard, Taylor Street, Thornhill Road, Fawn Lane, Foxhunters Road, Foxhunters Lane, Morning Star, Mayor Ridge, Clearwater Street, New Haven Drive and Luci Mae.

The advisory recommends residents boil water for at least five minutes as a precautionary measure and has been in effect since Saturday. The advisory is because of low water levels in the tanks caused by the line breaks.

Dean said the city was able to borrow water from the Ashland and Russell systems to send out to customers while waiting for tanks to refill.

The boil-water advisory will be lifted once water levels recover and samples return clean results, he said.

Greenup

While the city encountered major issues with water services the past few days, the area is seeing signs of relief. The number of customers without water has decreased from 2,000 to an estimated 300 to 400, said Roger Harris, distribution-line foreman.

He said the goal was to have all customers’ service restored by Tuesday, but several water breaks in the area disrupted progress.

“Things are starting to get a lot better,” he said. “The levels in the tanks are climbing now. It’s just a gradual process. As soon as we fix leaks, more keep popping up.”

He said one tank is empty and the next-lowest level tank has only recovered around 6 feet of water, but the others have shown much higher levels.

Three main line breaks were being repaired utility crews in Greenup on Tuesday. Harris said the breaks in Coal Branch, Lloyd and off Ky. 7 were weather-related.

He said depending on how long it takes to repair the breaks in Lloyd and Coal Branch, they will know if they can fix the Ky. 7 break before this morning.

“Every leak’s different,” he said. “Some take minutes and some take hours.”

Until then, Greenup water customers are urged to conserve and boil their water, he said.

LANA BELAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.