Trucks Delivering Ice and Water to Those in Need

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Palette after palette and truck after truck were loaded and unloaded with critical supplies.

The West Virginia National Guard's tire rebuild facility has taken on an additional role, distributing water and ice throughout the state.

In a collaborative effort between the National Guard, Department of Transportation, FEMA and Lowe's, tractor-trailers are bringing in 10 loads of water per day to the facility. Bottled water is then sent to emergency centers statewide.

"This is basic survival, and that's what we're trying to do here is get basic needs back out to the public," Lowe's store manager Jeff Lasater said.

"It's wonderful, it's a great feeling," West Virginia National Guard General James Hoyer said. "These young men and women doing this work they love their work, they love helping people and the state of West Virginia."

Trucks rolled out and showed up at several distribution sites, including the Charleston Civic Center where Cabin Creek Fire Department members were stocking up to help keep neighbors cool. They went door to door handing out bags of ice.

"It's appreciated and desperately needed," Deborah Wilson said. "At least I have some way to cool some water down and give some water to my poor little kitten."

Not far away, in Sissonville, where power and water are scarce, car after car pulled in to get filled.

"I think it's great -- I think it's what West Virginia does," Diane Slaughter said.

As of Friday, 325 trucks have traveled from Charleston -- pushing out more than 427,000 gallons of water.

On Friday, the trucks traveled to more than 10 counties throughout the state to get people what they need.

It's a true testament of people helping people.

"As one person, we can't do much but as a whole, you know," Mike Thompson said. "If we stick together, we'll get through this, and it will all come together."

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