National Rural Water Association

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Contact:  Chris Wilson,

September 9, 2008
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Texas Rural Water prepares for Hurricane Ike


       The Texas Rural Water Association met with Texas emergency response agencies today as the new track for Hurricane Ike predict landfall in the Lone Star State.
     “We are planning for the worst and praying for the best, and will be ready to assist our utilities,” said Tommy Duck, Executive Director of the TRWA.
       TRWA is in the process of staging personnel and equipment which will be moved into more strategic locations once the path of the storm is determined.
       As with Gustav, and assuming minor structural damage, it is projected that the biggest need will be for generators and staff assistance to restore system to operational status.  The Florida Rural Water Association has equipment and staff in route to Louisiana that may be diverted to Texas as power is restored in the state.  Texas Rural Water has an in-state mutual aid program in place and neighboring state rural water associations are ready to assist after the impact is evaluated.

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