Category: Emergency Response

Hawaii Rural Water assists island after Typhoon

SAIPAN – Typhoon Soudelor passed directly over the island of Saipan on August 2, 2015. Hitting the island as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane, Soudelor destroyed hundreds of power poles and transformers, flooded the power plant, and left many roads impassable. Wind gusts on the island, reached as high as 91 miles per… Read more »

Mississippi Rural Water assists after Tornado

COLUMBIA, Miss. – A damaging tornado swept through the City of Columbia, Miss. On Dec. 23, 2014. Without power, the city was able to operate with an auxiliary generator for a short time. The storm damaged the city’s sewage lagoons and created a large leak in the drinking water system. Around 2:45 on the morning… Read more »

Acting Administrator Honors States for Emergency Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jasper Schneider, acting administrator of the Rural Utilities Service, honored three states during the NRWA Rural Water Rally in Washington, D.C. “The administrator’s coin is really the highest award the administrator can bestow,” Schneider said. He awarded coins to representatives from the state associations of Arkansas, Illinois, and Mississippi for their emergency… Read more »

Rural water aids Gifford after tornado

GIFFORD, Ill. – A tornado hit Gifford, Ill. on Sunday, Nov. 26th cause considerable damage, including the destruction of at least 20 homes and damage to the town’s water system. Gifford, a village of 995 people about 10 miles north of Champaign, was hit by the tornado around 1 a.m. and four injuries were reported… Read more »

Mississippi rural water responds after tornado

RAYMOND, Miss. – Kirby Mayfield was in Washington, D.C. for the Rural Water Rally when he learned that a tornado was cutting through Mississippi. He immediately called his staff of water professionals, and had them prepare to offer assistance to affected water utilities. “I got the phone call at 10 p.m. in Washington,” said Mayfield,… Read more »

Long Beach Township keeps water running after Sandy

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N. J. – When Super Storm Sandy hit Long Beach Township in October, the small community was forced to deal with an incredible disaster. “The first high tide was about three feet of water,” explained Michael Clark, an Assistant Water Plant Operations Specialist. “At that time we were still in pretty decent… Read more »