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Water, shelter and restrooms available for Geary Co. residents

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Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 10:49 AM CST
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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Geary Co. officials say they are optimistic normal water services will be restored to the area by Friday night. Until then, Geary Co. Emergency Manager Garry Berges says help for residents without water and/or power is already in place.

Leaders from Junction City, Milford, Grandview Plaza, Fort Riley, Geary Community Hospital, and Geary County gathered at the Geary Co. Emergency Operations Center Friday morning for an update to the ongoing issues created by the flooding at the Junction City Water Treatment Facility.

A follow-up meeting was held at 4 p.m. in which officials said they were optimistic water services will be restored at some point Friday night. While in this meeting, officials were notified of an attempt to restart pumps at the Water Treatment Plant and the Junction City Fire Department would need to open fire hydrants to release air from the system.

On Thursday, county officials told 13 NEWS they hope to have water services restored by Friday afternoon, however, in a release sent Friday morning the target time was moved to Friday evening.

Until repairs are complete officials say the boil order issued for the area is expected to remain in effect until Monday or Tuesday of next week. A burn ban for all of Geary Co. also remains in place in an effort to conserve water.

The boil order is for all Junction City, Grandview Plaza, and Water Dist. #1 customers.

Berges tells 13 NEWS additional loads of bottled water are expected to be available at the Old Junction City High School on Eisenhower at JC Naz.

Berges also said “water buffalo” water transports from Fort Riley are expected to arrive at the locations listed by noon Friday. He adds that residents will need their own bottles for those.

Berges says one shipment of bottled water was already distributed at the Old High School Friday morning.

Two shelters are available for Geary County Residents who remain without power, they are JC Naz on S. Washington and 12th St. Community Center at 1002 W. 12th.

JC Naz is open 24 hours, The Community Center’s doors will only be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. This facility will also only have water from the buffalo stations available until 5 p.m.

Geary Co. Emergency Management said water cases will be available through the night at the Old Junction City High School until supplies are depleted. Starting at 6 p.m., it said cases of water will be self-served and residents should only take one or two cases to allow water for everyone. Parking lot lights will be lit and officers will be on the scene.

At the time of the second meeting, about 40 pallets of water, each usually containing 72 cases, have been distributed by several USD 475 volunteers and Junction City Police Officers. There are about 15 pallets still available.

A third shelter opened Thursday, Fresh Start Emergency Shelter is no longer able to accept anyone.

Junction City Public Works has placed Portable Restrooms (porta-potties) at the following locations:

Municipal Building at 700 N. Jefferson St., Opera House at 135 W. 7th St., East Plant at 427 Grant Ave., Southwest Plant at 3200 Industrial St., Parks and Rec at 2307 N. Jackson St., 12th Street Community Center at 1002 W. 12th St., Fire Station #2 at 2245 Lacey Dr., Heritage Park at Intersection of 6th St. and Washington St., Public Works at 2324 N. Jackson St., Water Treatment Facility at 2101 N. Jackson St., Grandview Plaza Community Center at 406 State St.

The Geary Co. Land Fill will also remain open on Dec. 18 for tree and brush drop off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those in Geary Co. with tree and limb debris can learn more about disposal here.

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