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Residents In Boyd County Still Struggling With Water Crisis

Reported: Feb. 4, 2014 9:50 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 10:00 AM EST
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ASHLAND, Ky. (Darrah Wilcox) -- It's the same type of story we have been hearing for weeks in West Virginia, but this time the water woes are continuing in Kentucky.

Raymond Crisp owns Crisp's Dairy Treat near Ashland.

"We 're not allowed to sell fountain drinks, so we went and bought canned drinks for the customers," Crisp said. "We have to have boiled water or potable water to wash our dishes."

He has had to close three days between the bitter cold and low or no water available because of some major water line breaks in the Ashland water system.

"The weather and the water has created a hassle," he said. "I just hope it's soon over. We can get back to normal."

Thousands more are also dealing with water issues.

Diana Kitchen and her husband live in Catlettsburg.

"It's just inconvenient. You have to think before you go get water out of the faucet," she said.

Buddy Sexton agreed.

"I was able to fill my bathtub up downstairs. and then to brush our teeth and stuff like that. We've just been using bottled water," he said.

Kitchen and Sexton were just part of the hundreds who came through the Summit-Ironville Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday, as firefighters handed out case after case of water to residents affected.

City and county workers are scrambling to find a solution, but in the meantime, it's a waiting game and folks such as Crisp said spring can't come soon enough.

"Everybody I think is getting tired of the snow. And definitely getting tired of the water problems," he said.

The good news is water levels in the city's main tank continue to rise. They are still monitoring several leaks in the system.




ASHLAND, Ky. (Tiersa Davis) -- Thousands of residents in Boyd County have been left without water or with low water pressure for a week due to several water main leaks.

On Monday, city leaders in Ashland held a special meeting to address the issue. City officials said a resolution and ordinance was adopted for the conservation of water and to give the mayor discretion to close certain businesses.

City leaders are unsure how long pipeline repairs will continue. A boil water advisory remains in effect, and water will be distributed at the Summit Volunteer Fire Department and the Ashland Water Plant.



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