8/21/2014 5:09 PM
by Stuart Hammer
GHENT – If your home is on fire, do you know where the water is? Residents in Raleigh County can't answer that question... yet.
Areas in Ghent and Trap Hill will soon have dozens of new fire hydrants thanks to a $60,000 fire levy.
Ghent fire Chief Rick Morrison says availability of water in Ghent is slim, forcing his department to rely on tanker trucks to fight fires.
He campaigned 4 years ago for the money and now it's finally happening. He has proposed at least 14 around his station.
“Along Route 19 South from Shady Spring to Ghent there's going to be several; out Odd Road we're we will add a few; right in Shady Spring area there's going to be 5 or 6 new ones.”
A safety net in case of disaster with a bonus: Residents can also expect to see insurance rates drop if their home is within 1,000 feet of a hydrant.
Construction is already underway in Trap Hill.