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Many still without water from prior frigid temps

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

GREENUP, Ky. -- Thousands of residents in Greenup County and some in Boyd County are still without water due to weather-related water line breaks that have plagued the water systems since last week's frigid temperatures.

Greenup Mayor Lundie Meadows said that there were still 2,500 customers without water on Sunday evening in the hardest-hit areas in Greenup County.

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, crews had just delivered about 800 cases of bottled water to the Lloyd Volunteer Fire Department, and Meadows was expecting a similar shipment to be received overnight and taken to the Load Volunteer Fire Department to help folks in that area.

The outages continue to impact Greenup County Schools, as Gray's Branch Elementary School and Greenup County High School are closed because of no water on Monday.

Greenup County's popular Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, and its Anglers Cove Restaurant inside the Jesse Stuart Lodge, have been closed since Thursday because of the water problems.

Meadows said since Monday, Jan. 6, crews have been dealing with perpetual problems that have included more than 100 customer line breaks as well as six main line breaks.

All of those have been fixed and Meadows said they are now just waiting for the Greenup Tank to fill so water can then go out to the county.

"The way the system is set up is that you have to fill the Greenup tank before sending the water out because everything is gravity fed," Meadows said on Sunday. "We are in the process now of filling the tank and it should be full tonight. Then we are going to attempt to release water to the affected areas."

Meadows asked area residents to conserve water even when they get it so that the tank can get filled and that the water can get out to all of the other locations that have been without water.

To add to the county's problems, Meadows said they've received a good number of calls from folks who were worried that Greenup might also be impacted down the line from the chemical spills in West Virginia.

"It will have absolutely no impact because we get our water from the Little Sandy River, so it will not affect our intakes whatsoever," Meadows said.

To report leaks in Greenup County, please call the water plant at 606-473-6757 or the Greenup City building at 606-473-7331.

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