Hundreds without water

Photo by Bobbie Poynter Residents of the Stinking Creek and Dewitt areas were glad to come out and meet the Red Cross van Sunday afternoon as it was hauling over a hundred cases of bottled water. Within half an hour, all of the water had been distributed. The water distribution was a collaborative effort of the Knox County Health Department, Red Cross, Knox County Emergency Management.
Photo by Bobbie Poynter
Residents of the Stinking Creek and Dewitt areas were glad to come out and meet the Red Cross van Sunday afternoon as it was hauling over a hundred cases of bottled water. Within half an hour, all of the water had been distributed. The water distribution was a collaborative effort of the Knox County Health Department, Red Cross, Knox County Emergency Management.

Boil water advisories still in effect

Water distribution ongoing

By Bobbie Poynter

Editor

Both the Knox County Utility Commission and the Barbourville Utility Commission currently active boil water advisories in effect.

Barbourville Utilities has boil water advisories in both the Girdler and Gray communities.

The boil water advisories are for North Route 11 from the Old Cannon Auction house to the Clay County line, including all of 1304, Callebs Creek, Paynes Creek, Paynes Branch, Phillips Branch, Valentine Branch, Sublimity Hollow, Frisbee Branch, Greenroad, Gentry Jones, Hammons Fork, and Bull Creek.

We’ve been fortunate not to have any main line breaks from the cold weather,” said Callahan, “but we have had several customers’ leaks that have really pulled our system down hard.”

Knox County Utility Commission, on the other hand, has a system-wide boil water advisory, which covers the areas of Artemus, Brush Creek, Kayjay, Little Brush Creek, Himyur, Flat Lick, Bimble, Poplar Creek, and Hwy 92 from Oatfield Lane to Mossy Gap Church.

We’re hoping to get back up to regular pressure by the end of the week,” said Carolyn Smith, Assistant Superintendent at the Knox County Utility Commission.

During boil water advisories, customers are reminded to bring their water to a rolling boil for three minutes before drinking.

The Utility Commissions would also like to remind customers that if they have a water outage to first check for leaks at their home, then check with neighbors to see if they have water. If your neighborhood appears to be out, call

Barbourville Utility Commission at 546-3189 or 546-3180

Knox County Utility Commission at 546-5300

Updates on the boil water advisories will be posted on the Mountain Advocate website as they are made available.

Knox County Emergency Management, Knox County Health Department, and the American Red Cross will have four distribution points set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Wednesday at D & D Groceries at Stinking Creek, Salem Baptist Church, Dewitt Baptist Church and at the entrance to Elys Hollow every day until further notice.

The Knox County Health Department wants to remind everyone to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, before coming out to pick up their water, to see if there is anyone else for whom they can pick up water.

BREAK OUT BOX

Water distribution locations

11 am. to 2 p.m. daily

D & D Groceries at Stinking Creek

Salem Baptist Church

Dewitt Baptist Church

Entrance to Elys Hollow

Emergency numbers

(during working hours)

Knox Health Dept. 546-3486

Barbourville Utilities 546-3180

Knox County Utilities 546-5300