Work continues to establish channel to alleviate Marion water crisis

Inmates fill 2,200 sandbags to help with the Marion, Ky. water crisis.
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 11:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 12:02 PM CDT
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MARION, Ky. (KFVS) - Inmates filled sandbags and a water line is being expedited to help with the Marion water crisis.

Crittenden County Emergency Management Director Jason Hurley gave an update on the progress.

According to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet public information officer, Hurley said the water line from Sturgis to the Crittenden-Livingston Water System is being expedited.

Over the weekend, inmates filled 2,200 sand bags to reinforce the weir.

He said a 300-foot channel is being built under the supervision of the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet.

A crew from Belt Construction digs a channel at the upper end of Old City Lake to provide a direct connection from Crooked Creek to the main lake.

As early as Wednesday, P&H Farms is expected to mount a bulk water-hauling effort.

The convoy operation is expected to run deliveries from about 70,000 gallons to a total of 230,000 gallons.

The statement also said that state agencies are working to extend the supply.

The city needs more volunteers for the bottled water distribution center. To volunteer, you can call Marion City Hall at 270-965-2266.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released this statement on the Marion water crisis:

“My team has been in close contact with local officials to see how I can help the City of Marion resolve their critical water shortage. While the state government typically coordinates the immediate response to situations such as this, my office is looking at a number of federal grant programs that could possibly help the community formulate a long-term plan to address this crisis. Every Kentuckian deserves access to safe, accessible drinking water.”

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