W.Va. Emergency Management taps public
partner to bring emergency water supply to Wayne County
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In the wake
of ice storms that toppled trees and left thousands without power, the W.Va.
Emergency Management Division has worked around the clock to get resources to
citizens impacted by the storms.
WVEMD coordinated the delivery
of 7,000 gallons of water to the Fort Gay area of Wayne County on Friday,
through the generosity of public partner W.Va. American Water (WVAW).
“After a storm leaves so much
damage, we do all we can to help our citizens recover,” said WVEMD Director
G.E. McCabe. “But we couldn’t do it without public partners like WVAW.”
The water is free to Wayne
County residents, but they must bring containers. The water is available at the
Fort Gay Pre K-8 School, 1 Viking Lane, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
“West Virginia American Water
stands ready to provide support to our state and help wherever needed,” said
WVAW spokesperson Meghan Hanna.
Residents must also follow Gov.
Justice’s COVID-19 protective orders including wearing face coverings and
maintaining social distancing.
Fort Gay and Wayne County are
among the hardest-hit areas by ice storms that have knocked out power and left
many residents without water as well.
On February 10, Gov. Jim
Justice declared a State
of Emergency for the most impacted areas, including Wayne County.