ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A major water main break has left about 5,000 people without water in Ashland, Catlettsburg, Westwood and parts of Summit, Ky., according to a news release from the city of Ashland.

The break occurred Monday night in the 2500 block of Carter Avenue in Ashland, Boyd County 911 dispatchers said.

It could be several hours before before service is restored. Crews worked late Monday night and are expected back about 7 a.m. Tuesday to resume work.

According to the city of Ashland news release, system tanks have been depleted -- causing system-wide outages.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area of Carter Avenue and 25th Street, if possible, because of ice-covered roadways from the leak and extreme cold.

The following are closed as a result:

  • Home Federal Bank along Carter Avenue



  • The Boyd County Courthouse



  • Ashland-Boyd County Health Department


Those who do have water in the affected areas are advised to boil any water used for cooking, drinking or watering pets.

Officials say anyone with no water or low pressure may bring containers to the water plant to fill starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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