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Vinton County hopes to use disaster area status to obtain generators for water plants

July 3, 2012

By Megan Exline

Commoner Journal staff writer

McARTHUR – Vinton County was declared a disaster area as a result of Friday’s storm and subsequent power outage.

Emergency Management Agency Director Jayson Potts said the disaster declaration means the county is eligible for federal assistance.

Potts said he is hoping to use the assistance to get generators for the water systems, particularly the McArthur and Jackson County water systems. The power outage left many in the area wondering about their water supply.

“If we don’t get the generators soon, Jackson County Water on the south side of the county will start dropping out; McArthur is the same way,” Potts said. “I’ve requested generators for them, so that they can bring their wells back up to full capacity or at least capable of handling the outages as of right now.”

Jackson County Water has said anybody from Vinton County can take containers to their treatment facility at Bronx Corner Road and receive up to 50 gallons of water a day.

Le-Ax water customers are under a boil order until further notice. Potts said Athens County requested generators for them and hopefully they should be back up and running shortly.

Potts said he thinks Le-Ax was also off on the west side of the county Monday.

“Everybody has been asked to conserve water as much as possible,” Potts said.

The disaster declaration does not mean individuals are eligible for generators; only the county can benefit from assistance.

Potts said Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared the natural disaster area to be statewide on Saturday morning.

While power was restored to parts of McArthur on Tuesday, several areas in Vinton County remain without power.

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