As residents in Big Creek continue the cleanup following Monday’s flood, workers with the city of Hazard are also in the area attempting to repair a broken water line.
City Manager Carlos Combs on Wednesday issued a boil water advisory for the Whitaker Fork section of Big Creek, which affects approximately 50 customers of the city’s water system. Combs said a line running across the creek was broken when the area received heavy rainfall Monday night.
“When it rained so hard, it’s a four-inch line, and it just washed it out,” Combs said.
A crew was on-site Tuesday, but Combs said the water hadn’t receded enough to begin repairs at the time. They have returned this morning, however, and Combs said water service could be restored as early as later today, and then the boil water advisory lifted later this week.
“We’re over there now trying to get it back so the people can have water, and probably, if everything goes well, we’ll be able to lift the boil water about 5 o’ clock Friday afternoon,” he said.
Once service is restored, the city will take a sample of water from the system and have it analyzed to rule out the possibility of any type of contamination. Once tests show the water is safe for consumption, the advisory will be lifted.