KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - As the pipes thaw from the freeze, thousands of East Texans remain without running water, and the problem of available drinking water is becoming critical.
Behind the Brookshires in Kilgore, the line stretched for blocks, as East Texans sought fresh drinking water.
“Unfortunately we have a water issue here in Kilgore. This is happening in Kilgore, but this is happening company-wide. We’re in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana,” said Brookshire’s district manager Joe Stephens.
Seeing the need, Brookshire’s arraigned to divert a large shipment to Texas.
“We were able to get a direct shipment. Pallets of water from Niagra. To give out to all the residents here in Kilgore,” Stephens said.
Some had been without running water for five or six days.
“Yeah it’s been two days. Spotty. Low pressure,” said one person picking up water.
Aside from firefighters and Brookshire’s personnel, many came out to volunteer.
“We are gonna be here till they stop coming or we run out of water, whichever comes first,” Stephens said.
We first told you about today’s distribution on our website and mobile apps. We’ll continue posting about water giveaways as we learn of them. Today’s water distribution event in Kilgore went on all day until Brookshire’s had given out all 19 pallets of water.