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National Guard Passes Out Water at Capitol


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At the state capitol complex Friday evening, what was planned to be a donation drive for those in need quickly turned into a place where people showed up to collect supplies of water.

Becky Neal, the governor’s Executive Aide, says when people affected began turning up about 2:30 p.m. expecting water, officials called in a couple National Guard trucks hauling water.

Evelyn Smith from Rand was among the hundreds who stood in line for water.

"It was scary because I went to brush my teeth this morning, and I went to turn the water on, and it was like, you can't turn your water on yet," Smith said. “You have to change your mindset of how you do things right now.”

State officials had asked people to stop by and donate needed supplies like paper plates and pre-mixed baby formula.

Charleston resident Lera Van Meter is among the many who can't use her water, but she wanted to pitch in. She dropped off a few items including baby food and paper plates. She says it’s not surprising to see people helping each other out.

“That's what West Virginias do, and we do it all the time," Van Meter said.

The drive ended about 6:30 Friday evening.

People who showed up were given lists of places they can go to pick up water as this situation continues.

The donated items were taken to hospitals and nursing homes that can’t use their water.


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