Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi has activated the National Guard due to the ongoing water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.
A recent rain storm coupled with an outdated water system has led to a major water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.
Governor Reeves called in the National Guard to help distribute water bottles due to the fact there is no clean water in the city to drink.
Things have gotten so bad some residents in Missippi have waited in lines over a mile long just for water.
COMING UP ON @GMA: State of emergency declared as tens of thousands in Mississippi’s biggest city are without safe drinking water. @TrevorLAult reports live from Jackson ahead. pic.twitter.com/z7KFhkjNF5
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 31, 2022
CNN dropped these details:
Recent torrential rain coupled with years of water system issues have resulted in a crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, where the city doesn’t have enough water to fight fires, flush toilets or even hand out to residents in need.
Jackson’s main water treatment facility began failing Monday, according to Gov. Tate Reeves. The National Guard was called up to help distribute bottled water as crews work to get the water treatment plant back online, state officials said.
But the distribution itself proved unsustainable. Residents of all ages were seen waiting in lines more than a mile long at Hawkins Field Airport for at least two hours Tuesday for just one case of bottled water. The event was supposed to span three hours, but barely ran two as people were eventually turned away when the 700 cases of water ran out.
“I keep saying we’re going to be the next Michigan,” said Jeraldine Watts, 86, who was able to get water at a grocery store Monday night. “And it looks like that’s exactly what we’re headed for.”
I have declared a State of Emergency and activated the Mississippi National Guard in response to the ongoing running water crisis in Jackson. pic.twitter.com/dj6xrqfQ95
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) August 30, 2022
Mississippi governor‘s personal water truck was installed as the state of emergency was declared as reservoirs failed indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/auM205yyyI
— Joshua Rodriguez (@Joshuajered) August 31, 2022
The Daily Mail added more to the story:
Mississippi activated its National Guard on Tuesday to help distribute water to tens of thousands of Jackson residents after a long-troubled treatment plant broke down, leaving most of the state capital without safe running water, possibly for days.
Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency for Jackson and surrounding communities, warning the area’s 180,000 people to avoid drinking tap water.
He also called up the state National Guard to assist in efforts to bring relief to the city, which was battered by record rainfall and flooding over the weekend.
Tankers distributed non-potable water and bottled drinking water was distributed at several sites, the city said.
The state trucked in 10 tractor-trailers of water on Tuesday and was expecting another 108 trucks in the coming days, state emergency management director Stephen McCraney told reporters.
DEVASTATING WATER CRISIS: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency and announced a key water treatment plant is on the verge of collapse after recent flooding. @TrevorLAult reports as 160,000 people in Jackson are without clean water. https://t.co/zjUoIuP22D pic.twitter.com/wbIqje91h7
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 31, 2022