Rural Water Responding to Devastating Storms
Late on Friday December 10 and early Saturday December 11, storms and a reported more than 30 tornadoes tore through several states in the central and southern region of the country. Thousands of homes were lost, manufacturing facilities were damaged or demolished, and water and wastewater systems were dramatically affected. State Rural Water Associations immediately acted in response to these devastating storms.
State Rural Water Association employees in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Arkansas have assessed 29 systems since the accident. According to NRWA’s data collected since the storm hit, the estimated population impacted from this storm is more than 13,000 rural Americans. SRWA employees are working diligently to make sure all systems affected are back up and running as soon as possible.
Kentucky Rural Water Association released this statement; “KRWA would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who have reached out to us over the last few days. Friends throughout—and outside of—Kentucky have called to check on us and ask what they can do to help. The Bowling Green office did experience minor damage from the storms.
We are beyond grateful for the service-driven mentality of our industry. Water and wastewater professionals are among those working around the clock to stabilize operations and restore services. Neighboring utilities are showing up for each other in a big way. Communities are made stronger when we look outside of ourselves — and our own specific mission — to support the good work others do. It is this culture that exists among the Rural Water family that makes us proud to serve you.
We are continuing to assess and ensure support to western Kentucky utilities while also rendering aid where we can in our own city. Many lives and landscapes have been altered, but the spirit of community and comradery is alive and well. Actions will always speak louder than words, and we are simply awe struck by the outpouring of love and compassion being shown around Bowling Green and in the other communities that were in the paths of the storms’ ravages.”