Richmond residents are no longer being asked to voluntarily conserve water, according to Scott Althauser, Richmond Utilities superintendent.
“I think we still need to promote good water conservation, but the river is in much better shape than it’s been in the past two weeks,” Althauser said.
According to data from Kentucky Mesonet, 0.85 inch of rain has fallen in Madison County since July 1, more than three times the 0.27 inch recorded in all of June.
Although the voluntary conservation request has been withdrawn, “it still doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods,” Althauser said. “It could be activated again.”
“We appreciate the participation of our citizens,” he said. “Hopefully, we won’t have to do this in the future.”
Kentucky is getting relief from record-breaking heat that wilted crops, sent water use surging and made conditions miserable.
After a prolonged stretch of triple-digit heat, forecasters say temperatures will be in the 80s this week for most of the Bluegrass region.
National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Schoettmer in Louisville said Monday the recent stretch of extreme heat has not been experienced in decades.
Since June 28, Madison County has recorded temperatures above 100 on five days, including the four consecutive days, June 28-July 1. One other day, Sunday, July 8, the mercury rose to 99.7 at the Mesonet weather station on Eastern Kentucky University’s Meadowbrook Farm. Temperature were near 97 or above on three other days since June 28.
Louisville has had six days of temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher in July, with more than three weeks left in the month. The last time Louisville had six July days of 100 degree or more heat was in 1954, Schoettmer said.
Meanwhile, some parts of rain-starved western Kentucky received an inch or more of rain Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon
@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.
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‘Etta May’s On Her Way’ for Model Lab benefit
Half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to help five Model program: Scholarships, gifted programs, the arts, athletics and extended field trips or exchange programs, said school psychologist Ellen Rini.
Court hearing reveals errors in trafficking case’s investigative file
A discrepancy in police records led to an unusual hearing in a drug trafficking case Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.
The attorney for 49-year-old Carla Rae Clontz made a motion earlier this month for a bill of particulars hearing. Both the prosecution and defense attorneys had noticed problems with the file numbers in Clontz’ case, and there also were different reports of the number of pills sheriff’s deputies allege were found in her home.
Man charged in theft of cash, skates from Sonic
Richmond police charged Isaac Hamilton, 20, of South Killarney Lane, with two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500 Tuesday after he allegedly stole from his employer.
Hamilton, a former employee of Sonic on Big Hill Avenue, left the drive-in restaurant May 15 with $273.84, a change dispenser and a pair of roller skates and did not return, the business reported to police.
Grand jury indicts man on DUI, endangerment charges in injury accident
A February car crash in which one person suffered a broken arm led to the indictment this week of an Irvine man on four wanton endangerment charges.
Zachary C. Goosey, 20, was was traveling eastbound Feb. 18 on the Eastern Bypass when his vehicle crossed the median and struck a westbound vehicle stopped at a traffic light, according to a Richmond police news release.
Judge: Health exchange suit can proceed
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd will allow a suit challenging Gov. Steve Beshear’s constitutional authority to establish a Health Benefit Exchange — a key feature of federal health care reform — to proceed.
On Thursday, Shepherd denied Beshear’s request to dismiss the suit brought by tea party activists David Adams, Dawn Cloyd and Sarah Durand.
Board eyes cost-cutting options
In a special-called work session Tuesday, the Madison County School Board looked at ways of reducing a projected $2.84 million draw from its reserves to fund the 2013-14 budget.
‘Berea’s Unsung Heroes’
A group of Bereans were honored Tuesday night at the Berea Community School Board, many of which had never been in the spotlight before.
Berea relaxes yard sale ordinance, may restrict fireworks
The Berea City Council adopted a new yard sale ordinance Tuesday, but only after it was amended twice.
Items stolen, but no one injured in home invasion
Berea police are looking for a man who broke into a First Street home Monday and threatened a resident with a knife.
Madison County veterans to host Memorial Day ceremonies
The Madison County Veterans Association, which includes a number of local veterans’ organizations, will be hosting two Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.
The first will take place at the Richmond Cemetery near the flagpole at 10 a.m., and the second will follow at noon in Madison County Memorial Gardens on Berea Road.
Everett King of the American Legion, which is coordinating this year’s events, said U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, will be present at the morning ceremony.
Every year the Memorial Day event has a theme. Last year’s theme was honoring Vietnam veterans, King said, while this year’s theme is honoring all American soldiers.
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