FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear declares a state of emergency for the City of Marion in Crittenden County because of a water shortage. 

What You Need To Know

  • Gov. Andy Beshear declares state of emergency for the City of Marion in Crittenden County

  • The city is facing a water shortage

  • A broken levee and lack of rainfall is forcing the emergency

  • The declaration allows the state to send needed resources to the area

Lake George is the primary reservoir for Marion, and it needed to be drained because of a levee failure. That, with limited rainfall and the unseasonable high temperatures, has caused a critical water shortage.

The Kentucky Department of Emergency Management (KYEM) contacted the City of Marion to help with requesting state help and an emergency declaration. KYEM will go to Marion to help with short- and long-term guidance to make sure the city can ensure families have access to water.

The state of emergency declaration will allow KYEM to coordinate a response and relief efforts. It also allows the Kentucky National Guard to mobilize personnel and equipment that might be needed to help.

Other state agencies can also assist because of the emergency order. The Energy and Environment Cabine (EEC) will help the City of Marion and Crittenden County stop all nonessential water usage. The Finance and Administration Cabinet will help with resource management and help with procurement or contracts to deal with the shortage. 


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