Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Letcher Co. short on water

The Associated Press

        McROBERTS, Ky. — A reservoir in an underground mine is nearly empty, leaving some Letcher County residents to depend on the Kentucky National Guard for water.

        A 5,000-gallon tanker operated by the National Guard began making up to 20 daily runs from Whitesburg to Fleming-Neon after local officials declared a state of emergency last week.

        Several hundred customers of the Fleming-Neon Water Department have been without running water intermittently since early last month. Water company officials say the crisis, a result of low rainfall last year, is expected to last at least until late February.


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