RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – As work continues to restore full-service water utilities throughout Raleigh County, water distribution events remain recurring to assist those who remain without water.
A weekend statement from Beckley Water Company indicates that facilities have been operating around the clock to ensure optimal water production in the face of the ongoing shortage.
“Both water plants are operating 24-hours daily to maximize production,” read the statement. “Currently, the Beckley Water Company system is gaining slowly which indicates there remains substantial usage above normal levels. Please notify us if your residence or business location is in need of assistance as well as any apparent leaks along roadways or ditches.”
As efforts continue, January 2nd distribution events have been scheduled in a number areas, along with showers which have been made available to those who need them.
The following areas have been confirmed to be holding Monday water distribution events. It should be noted that those who utilize the water tankers will need to provide their own containers.
- Sophia City Fire Department – 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (drinking water)
- Trap Hill Volunteer Fire Department – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (drinking water and non-potable water tanker)
- Whitesville Fire Department (non-potable water tanker)
- Coal River Fire Department (non-potable water tanker)
- Josephine Post Office (non-potable water tanker)
- Gospel Lighthouse in Sundial (8461 Coal River Road) 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (drinking water)
- W Main St, Sophia at train caboose (non-potable water tanker)
Raleigh County Emergency Services has also announced that the mobile shower unit will be available at Lester Fire Department from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday. Those who utilize the shower unit are expected to provide their own linens and hygiene products.
Elderly residents who cannot make it out for distribution events may contact the Raleigh County 911 Center’s non-emergency line at (304) 255-9121 to arrange for water delivery in impacted areas.
Ongoing water issues have impacted the area so substantially as to warrant the closure of Raleigh County Schools on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and Wednesday, January 4, 2023 as efforts continue to restore regular water service throughout the region.
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