Sebree residents await lifting of boil advisory


SEBREE, Ky. (WEHT) Sebree residents are waiting for the all clear from city officials on when it is safe to drink their water.

It follows a water main break Monday, and water service turned off for much of this morning.

A city water system valve also broke after this main line busted. The disruptions to the water supply left residents dry this morning and looking for other water sources.

“I went to bed, washed my hands, still had water,” Keith Hicks recalled. He lives near the area where the water main line broke.

“Then I got up around 4:30 AM, getting ready for work, turned on the faucet, nothing,” he said.

Henderson Water Utility officials say it started after a bulldozer belonging to a contractor working on new utility poles hit a 16-inch water main.

“They were finished. They were going back through here and just happened to clip a 16 inch water main as they were going uphill in muddy conditions,” said Bart Boles, project engineer for Henderson Water Utility. He also says after repairs started Monday, a valve just off of Highway 56 broke, leading to the city shutting water off for much of the morning, and turning the rush to find bottled water on.

“I ran down and grabbed a couple of gallons because I didn’t know how long we would be without water. That wasn’t a problem. I wanted to get there early because I figured there would be a lot of people going out and grabbing water,” said Hicks.

Water service disruption disrupted morning routine’s across Sebree.

“They went to grab bottles of water and went to the bathroom unscrewed them and I stood over them and poured the water on their head. Then they shampooed and I poured more water to rinse their hair,” said Veronica Greenwell of Sebree.

Water service returned to homes throughout the day, but the advisory may not be lifted until either tomorrow or Thursday.

Sebree Elementary was closed today because there was no water. School officials classes will resume tomorrow, and there will be water stations in the school.

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(This story was originally published on February 25, 2020)

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