- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Residents in some eastern Kentucky counties are still without running water after record cold temperatures last week caused water meters to break and lines to rupture.

Media reported the counties of Perry, Floyd and Johnson were especially hard hit.

In Perry County, schools remain closed Tuesday due to the water shortage and state officials decided to close Buckhorn State Park until water service is restored.

Media reported that about 2,000 homes and businesses remained without water on Monday night in Perry County and about 1,000 remained without water in Johnson County.

The Floyd County Health Department in Prestonsburg and the Pavilion in Hazard have been offering free showers to anyone without water.

Crews are working to repair the damage and restore service as soon as possible.

“Everyone should have water and a way to bathe and brush your teeth and be clean when they go to school,” said Betty Cook, with the Southeast Volunteer Fire Department in Floyd County. “It’s not fair.”

“We’ve not had any water to wash dishes or laundry or anything,” said Jessica Click, who is without water in Johnson County.

Sam Stacy, chief of the Hazard Fire Department, said it has been difficult to get the water on again due to several problems.

He said water was being turned back on for some residents in the county on Monday, but he wasn’t sure when it would be fully restored.

“I would be afraid to guess,” he said.

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