Water woes continue to affect eastern Ky. city

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 6:01 AM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky city continues to experience water supply problems two weeks after subfreezing temperatures hit the area.

The Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1f8Repq) residents of Catlettsburg have been experiencing water woes since the Polar Vortex hit earlier this month and something happened that caused the level in the city's water tank to drop quickly. Crews haven't been able to keep the tank filled since then.

"At first, we thought it was just because of breaks in the system," said Ryan Eastwood, director of engineering and utilities for the city of Ashland, which supplies Catlettsburg with water. But fixing the breaks in the system after the subfreezing temperatures rose failed to help.

He said the problem may stem from issues with a pump station, "but it seems like every time we fix one thing, something else goes wrong. It's been a juggling act, and our crews are just run ragged."

He says some water crew members have worked 16-hour stretches to try to remedy the situation.

Meanwhile, another round of cold temperatures is on the way. Snow was falling Tuesday morning and temperatures were expected to drop into the single digits by early Wednesday.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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