Powell County still recovering from winter storm two weeks later

Stanton, Ky. (WTVQ) – It has now been two weeks since a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on Kentucky, allowing for record cold. Some counties are still trying to dig out and get kids back to school, including Powell County.

Families who live in the higher elevations around Stanton still don’t have running water at home. The cold froze and burst pipes in a large number of homes, draining the water distribution system. Water officials are making progress in filling the system back up, but it will take more time. Bottled water is being distributed at Lions Club Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to families who don’t have running water still.

Powell County students have not had class since the storm hit, missing their 11th day in a row on Monday. The district’s transportation director, Monroe Jones, says some mountain roads are still not fully cleared. Crews are also still clearing all the areas buses use to turn around in higher elevations. The district hopes to be back in school Tuesday, but admits our next winter storm could close them down again later in the week.

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