EMD, WVAW Provide Water to Wayne County


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.

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Contact Information

Lora Lipscomb, WVEMD Public Information Officer