Flint Media collecting water for hurricane victims

Published 10:45 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas are without clean drinking water. Bainbridge is stepping up to make sure there is as much water as possible for these people.

Flint Media is collecting cases of bottled water throughout the week at its headquarters at SOWEGA Live on Scott Street. What started as a smaller effort has now turned into a full blown movement, with multiple businesses and individuals jumping in to donate this basic human necessity.

“We were expecting 50 to 100 cases,” said Dustin Dowdy. “We have half a semi-trailer load full. It’s been an incredible response.”

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As of Wednesday morning, more than 700 cases of water have been donated to the Flint Media Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort. Dowdy said the goal by the end of the week is to fill the entire truck. The water will be delivered next week.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Dowdy at (229) 416-6259 or call the radio station at (229) 246-7776. Water can be dropped off at the station, located at 521 S. Scott St., between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day this week.

Hurricane Harvey is the strongest storm to hit our country in 10 years. With five people dead, more than 30,000 people seeking temporary shelter from the flood and thousands stranded, many across the nation have rallied to help. Harvey will continue to dump unprecedented amounts of rain on Southeast Texas for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. Many homes have been lost or severely damaged by flooding and hundreds of thousands are without power, according to feedingamerica.org.