National Rural Water Association

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Contact:  Chris Wilson,

September 5, 2008
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More relief moves into Louisiana as other states brace for more storms 


                Disaster relief from several states is moving into Louisiana while rural water associations in North and South Carolina brace for tropical storm Hanna with Florida preparing for Hurricane Ike.
                Response Teams from Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi are assisting the field staff of the Louisiana Rural Water Association in restoring water and wastewater service to the area. .  Rural water has 38 response members on the ground formed into 19 teams targeting 15 parishes. Teams branched out from Alexandria, La., on Thursday, working their way south. As teams assess needs, information is relayed back to the Rural Water Operational Center in Lafayette and resources such as generators are located and transported where needed.
                There has been very little structural damage to systems. Power loss has been the primary concern. Teams are assisting with the transportation of generation and water sampling once power has been restored.
                Mutual aid networks in North Carolina, South Carolina and neighboring states in preparation for the storms approaching the east coast. Response personnel and equipment, including portable generators, pumps and spare parts, are ready to restore water service in impacted areas. Hurricane experts in Miami, Fla. currently predict Hanna to side-swipe the east coast starting Saturday night. Water technicians from the Florida Rural Water Association, well-experienced in hurricane response, are preparing for Hurricane Ike. The current track predicts Ike making landfall next Wednesday.

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