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Water main break knocks out service around Ashland

August 12, 2018

ASHLAND - A large water main break in the 4100 block of Winchester Avenue in Ashland caused a lack of service to about 1,000 city water users Saturday and blocked all four lanes of U.S. 23 while city crews tried to make repairs.

The water line break was reported about 4 a.m. Saturday near Tri-State Pawn and Jewelry, according to Joanna King, public information officer for the city of Ashland.

“We hope to make repairs by late evening,” King said Saturday. “It could be close to midnight. It’s a large break. It’s going to take some time to make repairs.”

Not all city customers were impacted, King said. Those most impacted were South Ashland and East Ashland, she said.

“Some have low pressure,” she said.

Customers in downtown Ashland weren’t impacted, she said. The city water plant continued to send water to water tanks around the system, she said.

Bottled water was distributed Saturday at Central Park and at the Senior Center in Catlettsburg, King said. Residents also could bring containers to Central Park to get water.

As of press time Saturday, all four lanes of U.S. 23 (Winchester Avenue) were blocked at 43rd Street, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Commercial truck traffic should reroute to U.S. 60 or U.S. 52 in Ohio, according to a news release.

The state Department of Highways placed electronic message boards on U.S. 23 and around the Catlettsburg interchange of Interstate 64 to alert incoming traffic.

Some traffic was being rerouted along Kentucky 168, King said.

A boil-water order is in effect for a day or more.

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