RACELAND, Ky. — A water line break occurred Tuesday morning underneath KY 207 at Turley Avenue about 500 feet from the US 23 intersection. The break has caused 1,300 people in the city of Raceland, Ky. to still be without water by Tuesday evening.
Repairs of the water line break by Raceland Water has required the road to remain closed at that location for the next several days. Traffic is instructed detour using KY 750 (Raceland Avenue and Kenwood Drive) through Flatwoods
Mike Wilson, Mayor of Raceland, Ky., said the location of the water break presented the biggest problem in repairing it.
“We found a the leak yesterday, but it is the location of the leak that’s the problem. It’s on Wheeler Hill, which is on State Route 207, and we had to wait for the State officials to come in and give us the rules and regulations on how we had to go about fixing it,” Wilson said. “Back in 1995, they made that a three-lane road up there, and when they did, they relocated all of the water, all of the sewer lines and things that run through there, so its just under a three-lane road, and that’s what the hold up is.”
The City of Raceland in conjunction with the Raceland Fire Department, began distributing water to the public. Tyler Bradley, Safety Officer for the City of Raceland,Ky, said they will continue to supply Raceland residents water for whatever the time frame necessitates.
“Right now where the water is shut down, we are just trying to get the public some drinking water just to get them through the next couple of days, while we have been without water,” Bradley said. “We have been giving water out by the gallons. We have been through about two pallets so far. We did this for approximately eight days I believe last year when we had this water issue. So, we have the knowledge and the logistic capability to take care of this for a while, if need be.”
Devin Thomas, a Raceland resident, said the absence of a water supply has been a terrible inconvenience.
“It has been a pretty big inconvenience,” Thomas said. “You have to find somewhere to go to either use the restroom, or to shower. My sister lives in Worthington, so that is where we have been going. So, we hope the city will get this problem corrected soon.”
Mayor Wilson said Bonzo Excavating has discovered the problem, and they are hopeful to have Raceland’s water supply back in operation by Tuesday evening, or early Wednesday morning.
“I’ve got an outside contractor on the job now, and hopefully if all goes well, possibly late tonight, or in the morning we will have water back,” Wilson said.”We have found the problem, we are there. We’ve just got to clean the hole out, cut the pipe, find out how far it’s busted and chop that out. We will put the couplings on it, a new piece in, and turn the water back on.”
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