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No Bulk Water In Some Counties

Reported: Feb. 18, 2014 6:16 PM EST
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LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- More than one month after the chemical leak, people in Hamlin are still making trips to the other side of the mountain to get water.

"I had to take trash cans from Hamlin to west Hamlin fire department to fill up trash cans, so the horses would have enough water,” said Hamlin resident Monty Koontz.

Others have been stopping at the Piggly Wiggly in town on a regular basis.

"We just buy it out of the store here, that’s the only thing to do, we ain't got no other way to get it," said another Lincoln County resident James Toppings.

In about the last month and a half, the Piggly Wiggly here in Hamlin has sold about three tractor trailer loads worth of bottled water.

"Our biggest problem is we don't have a place where we can store a water buffalo at night because it has to be stored inside at night do to the freezing temperatures,” said Lincoln County Emergency Director Allen Holder.

Holder said for the most part people in Lincoln County are on un-affected PSD water, but if they're not the only way to get bulk water is by going to Kanawha County.

For people like Monty Koontz, however, driving to one of the unaffected areas to fill up is just about his only option.

"It would have been a lot easier if I had water here instead of having to go to west Hamlin."



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