Estill County critical water shortage

IRVINE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Estill Water District and Irvine Municipal Utilities company are asking all residents to please conserve water, only using it for the necessities. Managers in the county’s water district say normally there are 2.3 million gallons in storage and currently there are only 50,000 gallons.  At noon Monday, they say there are about 1,500 people without water. The water district has issued a boil water advisory until further notice.

Emergency managers say frigid temperatures led people to run water to prevent their pipes from freezing. They say as temperatures rose, leaks and breaks have added to the demand of water. Managers also say the water plant experienced a three hour power outage on Saturday that further contributed to the strain on the system.

City officials say people should always have a 72 hour supply of water on hand. That translates to roughly three gallons a day per person.

Some county roads are experiencing flooding and are shut down. Those are Driftwood Drive, and Dark Hollow Road and State Road 3328 or Red Lick Road. The county’s judge executive, Wallace Taylor, says it is easy to predict what areas flood when snow melts because it happens time and again.

"We don’t want anyone driving on those roads. Even if they do it every day you don’t know how deep it is and there might be a drop off," says Taylor. He also says they will not issue tickets if someone went around the "Road Closed" sign, but they would offer assistance if someone were stranded.

Estill County is in a Flood Warning put on by the National Weather Service that is expected to last until 11:30 p.m. ET. They say it goes into affect at 21 feet of water. At some point Monday, the water rose to 21.7 feet.

"The water has crested and we will keep roads closed until it is safe to drive," says Taylor.

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