Fleming-Neon declares water emergency

Local officials declared a state of emergency Friday in Fleming-Neon in Letcher County because of a water shortage at a city plant.

The city water comes from two underground mine works, and because of drought in the summer and fall, the two winter reserves are too low, said water Supervisor Carlos Phillips.

State Division of Water officials were in Fleming-Neon, and workers were trying to get "a balance on the timing to run each source," Phillips said.

The city has about 1,150 meters on its system, Phillips said.

Large portions are without running water, especially in the higher elevations, he said.

Officials weren't sure when they would be pumping at full capacity. "Be patient and understanding," Phillips said.

State emergency management officials were aware of the situation but as of Friday afternoon had not received any requests for aid, Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers said.