Bainbridge community shows up big with bottle water donations for hurricane victims

Published 3:42 pm Friday, September 1, 2017

The first semi-truck trailer was filled with water in five days. It will be delivered to Texas next week while Flint Media opens up another trailer to keep the relief effort going strong.

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

Flint Media collected cases of bottled water throughout the week at its headquarters at SOWEGA Live on Scott Street What started as a smaller effort quickly 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. “It’s been an incredible response.”

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By Friday, an entire semi-truck trailer was loaded full, containing around 1,600 cases of water for the Flint Media Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort. They were halfway there by Wednesday morning.

With such an overwhelmingly positive response, Flint Media opened up a second semi-truck trailer to fill. Anyone wishing to donate can contact Dowdy at (229) 416-6259 or by calling 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. on weekdays.

Dowdy said the water will be driven to Texas next 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.

Many homes have been lost or severely damaged by flooding and hundreds of thousands are without power, according to