Stillwater News Press

January 14, 2013

Payne County commissioners hope state of emergency helps Lone Chimney Water Association

By John Filonow
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners declared a state of emergency for water needs for Lone Chimney Lake at Monday’s commission meeting.

The lake, north of Glencoe, is approximately 11 feet low, said Lone Chimney Water Association Chairman Darrell Clark, with 4 feet of treatable water.

The lake provides water for approximately 16,000 residents, said J.J. Dooley, Lone Chimney Water Association water treatment plant supervisor. He said the lake has been losing water because of the drought.

A state of emergency would bring the item to the attention of the governor, said Payne County Emergency Management Director Jeff Kuhn.  The declaration would open the door for state agencies to help, he said.

“At least it would make more people aware of our situation, our desperate situation,” Kuhn said.

Association Operations Manager Paul Kinder said people hear about one town running out of water, but not five or six.

“It’s a very desperate situation,” Kinder said. “We’re in dire straits here.”