Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for a western Kentucky community facing a water scarcity on Saturday.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, state officials will travel to Marion to begin implementing a strategy to ensure that people have access to water. After receiving a request from Marion officials, Beshear took action.
“Today’s action of declaring a state of emergency for the City of Marion is intended to put into motion all the things we, the state, can do to help alleviate the situation and provide support,” the governor stated.
According to the statement, the water scarcity in the Crittenden County town arises from needing to drain Lake George, the town’s principal reservoir, due to a levee breach.
The water scarcity has grown urgent as a result of this, as well as little rainfall and unusually hot temperatures, according to the report.
State emergency management personnel can begin coordinating a response and relief effort when the governor declares a state of emergency. According to the announcement, the Kentucky National Guard can mobilize people and equipment as needed.