Cape Girardeau Fire Dept. distributes more bottled water to residents Wed.

The Cape Girardeau Fire Department continues handing out bottled water with the help of volunteers
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 5:49 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2022 at 4:50 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau Fire Department handed out more cases of bottled water to residents on Wednesday, October 5.

A couple of semis rolled into town and delivered more than 1,600 cases of water on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters and volunteers then distributed the cases of water to families at two drive-thru locations:

  • Osage Centre - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Shawnee Park Center - 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

They will be handing out one case of bottled water per vehicle, until supplies last.

The Bethel Assembly of God Church helped get the water to Cape Girardeau by reaching out to “Convoy of Hope” in Springfield.

“I didn’t know if we’d be able to get it because I know they responded to Florida, and I knew also that a lot of water in the area had gone to Florida. So, I called them up and they had a driver that wasn’t in Florida. And he said, ‘you know what? We’ll get a truck, and we’ll send a truck.’ And they sent 19 pallets,” said Pastor Phil Roop with Bethel Assembly of God.

Pastor Roops said they started the day with a limit of one case per vehicle, but they were able to up that to two cases because they had so much.

This is similar to what took place on Tuesday when crews handed out water.

The fire department says volunteers are needed Wednesday to help with the process.

Those wanting to help can contact the CERT Coordinator at 573-339-6799 to schedule a time slot.

During Tuesday’s news conference, Fire Chief Randy Morris said he reached out to state emergency officials on Monday night to assist in getting water to the city.

Morris said Hurricane Ian is affecting how much bottled water is available in our area.

“Some of the folks that we contacted in our region and even outside our region, indicated that a lot of their water had been distributed to the Florida area for the hurricane,” he explained. “So, they were on short supply. But we are having some luck getting bottled water cases by the pallet into the community.”

The water main break in Cape Girardeau is fixed; however a boil water advisory remains in effect for all city water customers for the week.