Bitter cold temperatures blamed for worsening water woes in eastern, southern Kentucky


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HARLAN, Kentucky — The Kentucky National Guard is helping distribute water in communities where many households are without due to bitter cold temperatures.

Media report that Gov. Steve Beshear's office said that more than 40,000 households were without water on Tuesday in 18 counties. Those hit hardest include Harlan, Pike and Clay.

Some central Kentucky communities are also starting to report water woes. On Monday night, Winchester Municipal Utilities issued a mandatory water conservation order.

Officials say multiple issues have led to shortages, including broken lines, power outages and people dripping faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

Temperatures over the past week have set record lows in some places. According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, high temperatures this week are expected to reach into the 20s and 30s.

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