EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLOUISA WATER PROBLEMS
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Kentucky Schools Reopen After Water Main Breaks Repaired
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jan. 8, 2013 8:16 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2013 9:24 AM EST
Louisa , Lawrence County , Kentucky
Schools in Lawrence County, Kentucky reopened Tuesday morning after being closed for countywide water problems since last week.
Classes for all six Lawrence County schools were canceled on Friday and Monday because of separate water main breaks.
Repair crews said winter weather and aging pipes caused the problems.
They will use bottled water and disposable plates for the students to use in the cafeteria.
Louisa Water Co. workers are putting the finishing touches on their second major repair job in the past few days. Water main breaks in different parts of the city disrupted service and forced the Lawrence County, Kentucky, school system to cancel classes for all six of its schools.
“Two completely unrelated problems,” Lester Preece of the Louisa Water Co. said. “In winter time, you're going to have problems like this. There's nothing you can do about it. Just do it, get it done and get the water back on as quick as you can.”
A water main break mid-week forced the school system to shut down Friday. Another failure early Monday morning just a few blocks away once again forced the cancellation of classes.
Schools Superintendent Mike Armstrong said school officials had no other choice.
“About 2,000, 2,100 hundred students, faculty and staff who need to flush the toilet, who need to wash their hands. The cafeteria, you need to prepare breakfast and lunch using city water. The notice was late, and we just couldn't make it. We just couldn't have school,” Armstrong said.
Four of Lawrence County's schools are in Louisa. A fifth is served by the local water company. The sixth school gets water from another source, but inter-connected bus routes mean keeping it open while the other schools are closed isn't a viable option.
“Let's hope that the water god Poseidon is good to us,” Armstrong said. “We want everything we can to have kids, faculty and staff back in school on Tuesday.”
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