Water shortages affecting several eastern Kentucky counties
The counties of Floyd, Perry, Johnson and Knott have been hit hard by water problems brought about by recent extreme cold temperatures. As of Tuesday morning more than 1,000 people remained without water in Perry County. That number has dropped from an initial estimate of 3,000. Volunteer firefighters have been delivering bottled water since the problem started last week. Water service has been restored for some in the southern end of the county, and crews are working toward the Northern end at the current time. About 1,000 people remained without water in Johnson County as of early Tuesday. Officials say a combination of freezing temperatures and a thawing ground, caused several water main breaks. Crews are working to repair the damage as soon as possible.