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Harlan County city declares emergency over fuel spill in water supply

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Posted at 6:25 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 06:25:00-05

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The mayor of Cumberland has declared a state of emergency due to a fuel spill that's threatening the water supply, a local newspaper reports.

According to a post on the Harlan Enterprise's Facebook page, Cumberland Mayor Charles Raleigh announced the declaration early Monday morning.

It says the Cumberland municipal water works experienced a fuel spill last Friday in its water supply.

The water supplier was warning people in the area to avoid drinking or using the water until further notice.

The move was called a precaution until more testing can be completed by the Division of Water in Frankfort.

The city will be giving away free bottled water Monday at the fire station on Cumberland Avenue.