A drainage issue on Ky. 321 through Paintsville has frequently resulted in standing water near several businesses, and the City of Paintsville is working through addressing the problem.

According to Paintsville Police Capt. Jonathan Holbrook, who was among those responding to the most recent calls about high water in the area following heavy rains, the issue is likely the result of some damage in a nearby drain.

Mayor Bill Mike Runyon said the city was looking into the problem to get it fixed, in part due to safety concerns, and in part because the high water is negatively affecting nearby businesses, including Med Express Pharmacy, Mays Carpet and Hutch Ford.

The problem is two-fold, Runyon said: What the problem is, and where that problem is.

“We’re trying to find out what’s going on,” Runyon said. “We’re going to have to use cameras, I’m told, to find out if it’s an obstruction or a drain is collapsed, under a building or under blacktop. And then we’re trying to find where the property lines are and who owns the property the problem is. It’s a big problem, and if we don’t do something, it’s going to continue to be a big problem.”

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