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Winter Water Woes Continue In Parts Of The State

photo courtesy of Kentucky Expo Center
photo courtesy of Kentucky Expo Center
photo courtesy of Kentucky Expo Center
photo courtesy of Kentucky Expo Center

Water shortages continue in eastern Kentucky and the National Guard is stepping in to help.

The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center has been turned into a hub to distribute water to area communities that are still experiencing shortages. Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett says the facility, which is normally used for concerts, has loading docks, equipment and a good amount of storage space. National Guard Sergeant Adam Hendrickson says crews are working around the clock to load and deliver water pallets to Appalachian communities without water due to bitterly cold temperatures. 

Earlier this week, Governor Steve Beshear's office said that more than 40,000 households were without water in 18 counties. Those hit hardest include Pike, Harlan and Clay. Officials say multiple issues have led to shortages, including broken lines, power outages and people dripping faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

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Karyn Czar
Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.