A State of Emergency has been declared in Daviess County due to this morning's water main break.  Daviess County Fiscal Court made the official declaration around 10:30am.

Owensboro Police contacted the WBKR studio early this morning to report a water main break near Daviess County Middle School and the old OMU water plant of East 4th Street.

Crews from OMU have evacuated areas near the break and are continuing their work to repair the leak.  In the meantime, OMU has issued a Conservation Order, as both plants have to be shut down temporarily in order to correct the problem.

There is also a Boil Water Advisory in place for water customers in the Southeast, West and East districts.

Many local businesses and restaurants are closed until further notice as are local spray parks in the City of Owensboro (Legion Park Spray Park and the Ronald Lee Logsdon Spray Park at Smothers Park).

Also, Owensboro Health has made this statement regarding the water main break . . .

Due to the boil water advisory and low water pressure, the following Owensboro Health locations are closed: 

  • Ford Campus (except for Owensboro Health medical Group – Maternal & Fetal Medicine)
  • Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center
  • Healthpark 
  • Business Center

Certain clinics will remain open due to patient needs:

  • Wound Center
  • Owensboro Health medical Group – Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Owensboro Health Marketing and Public Relations Director Brian Hamby said Owensboro Health Regional Hospital remains open. Patients who have scheduled procedures and appointments should contact their provider's office. 

Here at WBKR, we are in close contact with local government, police and utility officials.  We will keep you updated throughout the day as more developments occur.