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Hazard's water problems are almost over, mayor says

Hazard might have its water problems "licked," Mayor Bill Gorman said Thursday evening. He said the vast majority of Perry County customers should have water restored in the next day or two. The city has been battling leaks and weather-related problems since before Christmas in some areas.

Customers in Chavies, north of the city, were frustrated at going without water for more than a week.

"We had it kind of off and on," said Ann Mullins, "and now it's been quite a few days. No drinking water, you can't bathe and you can't cook and you can't wash your dishes."

In Viper, south of Hazard, foster parent Verma Williams said she was frustrated at city officials who couldn't estimate when water would be restored. She said some officials blamed customers for draining storage tanks by running faucets to fill tubs and keep pipes from freezing.

"You can't get a straight answer out of them," she said.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will be closed until reliable water service is restored.

Also Thursday, Hazard City Manager Paul Feltner announced that he is retiring as of Friday, but that was planned six months ago and has nothing to do with the water crisis, Gorman said.

City Public Works Director Carlos Combs, who has worked with Feltner for more than 30 years, will replace him, Gorman said.

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