ASHLAND — Word began spreading rather quickly on social media about 6:30 p.m. on Monday night about a lack of water in Ashland.
A major water main break on 25th Street and Carter Avenue was the culprit, leaving much of South Ashland and the downtown areas, along with some in Westwood, without even a drip of water.
Roads were closed at the 2500 block of Winchester Avenue, Greenup Avenue and Carter Avenue because of the ice on the roads. Crews were working through the night on the problem, according to public works director Ryan Eastwood.
The three million gallon water tank has almost been emptied, impacting South Ashland areas and the downtown area, according to city officials. It could be late Tuesday or even longer before it is fully restored.
Temperatures were expected to plunge below zero Monday night and Tuesday. The high for Tuesday was predicted to be 10 degrees.
Facebook posts began popping up almost immediately with many worried about frozen water lines.
Water has been a huge issue in the Ashland area for the past couple of weeks. The City of Catlettsburg went nearly a week without water, too.
Several main water lines throughout the northeastern Kentucky area have broken under the unusually cold temperatures the past couple of weeks.
Boil water advisories were in effect for all of Ashland, Catlettsburg, Westwood and parts of Summit fed by the Ashland system due to low pressure/no water.
Also, acting Ashland city manager Tony Grubb said the fire department was topping off the trucks.
Ashland schools cancelled classes around 8 p.m. because of the water situation. Boyd County, Greenup County, Lawrence County, Elliott, Lewis, Johnson and Carter County schools were closed because of the cold. Rose Hill Christian also closed.
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