Rockslide leaves thousands without water in Knott County

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Rockslide closes stretch of Highway 15 in Knott County on 1-16-20. Photo is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A rockslide in Knott County damaged a water line, leaving an estimated 15,000 people without water on Thursday, according to Knott County Water and Sewer.

The slide happened in the afternoon on Highway 15 near the intersection of Highway 160, according to the state.

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The debris was cleared and the road reopened by Thursday evening, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The state says B&W Coal helped state road crews clear the debris, which led to a quicker reopening of the road.

Water officials say about 600,000 gallons of water was lost due to the line break.



*Note:  The photo that accompanies this story is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.