During the past weeks, with this extreme cold weather, Hazard and Perry County has run out of water several times. Some people have been without a supply for an extended time. Because of the weather, this shortage has been due to broken water lines and the withdrawal of too much water at that time. Ninety-five percent of our city and county is served by the Hazard Water Plant. Several times during this situation we have used 4.9 million gallons of water a day from the state allowed amount of 5 million gallons. This is a dire condition. Supply and maintenance of water lines over the entire county is proving to be a real challenge. We need satellite plants for sufficient supply.
Another cry from citizens is high flood insurance. This must be corrected. The overwhelming insurance rates are affecting businesses on Main Street, other areas in the flood plane, including large residential neighborhoods. One reason for this increased rating is due to out of date mapping. Without consideration of the Carr Fork Dam, a correct map cannot be done. This dam was built in 1976, and we have not experienced a bad flood since.
It is important that citizens of Hazard and Perry County realize that these conditions are difficult to approach in the maze of state and national requirements, and political help. However, each condition is being addressed. We do need citizens to limit use of water when such times prevail. The maintenance crews that have worked night and day are to be greatly commended. The City of Hazard wishes to thank citizens for their patience during this critical time.