Water line issues persist for Ohio County resident
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. —
Delbert Huffman has lived along Short Creek his entire life, and at his current home on Short Creek Road for 10 years.
Last February's flood uprooted the area's water lines that were under the creek.
The repair job has left a bit of a change of scenery.
Water lines are hanging from trees over Short Creek, and are lying exposed in Huffman's yard.
The temporary fix from the county has kept water coming to his house, but it has been a year now without resolve.
Last year he clipped the line with his lawn mower. Crews came out to fix it, but the bigger problem remains.
Huffman said that a big concern of his is losing water supply. The lines travel across the creek and are connected to a fire hydrant. If it becomes disconnected, no water.
“It supplies all of North Fork. When that goes out, nobody has water,” Huffman said.
The Ohio County Public Service District said that it is still waiting on a response from FEMA about possible funding for repairs to the system.
Until then, the county is not allowed to do anything about it.
Huffman hopes that change comes soon.
“I’d just like to see it fixed,” he said.
The Ohio County Public Service District also said there are multiple areas dealing with water issues.
However, there is no word on when they may hear from FEMA.