The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is urging residents in the affected flooded areas of eastern Kentucky to avoid coming into contact or swimming in waters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, Troublesome Creek, and North Boone Creek, or other flood impacted streams.
This recommendation is due to a general concern about what contaminants may be in the river. Wastewater treatment plants in Letcher County are temporarily experiencing bypasses of treatment processes resulting in raw sewage being discharged. Damage in other areas to waste water collection systems also could result in potential contamination.
The DOW is working closely with the KY Transportation Cabinet, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and state and Federal Emergency Management Agencies in cleanup efforts.
The DOW would like to reassure residents that all drinking water plants in the affected area are operational and drinking water is safe and being monitored. However, boil water advisories are still in effect in some areas due to line breaks.