March 11, 2014
The Pocahontas Public Service District is supplying water to residents to get them through the state's prolonged dry spell.
PSD plant manager Rick Barkley says a 4,000 gallon tanker truck was brought in last week to help customers in Bartow, Durbin and Franklin.
The area is dependent on springs for water, and Barkley says it's the driest he's seen in his 28 years of working for the PSD.
The National Weather Service reports that 86 percent of West Virginia is experiencing conditions ranging from severe drought to abnormally dry.
Barkley says it will take four to six inches of rain to relieve conditions in Pocahontas County.
The weather service says dry, warm conditions will continue through this week.