Beaumont Milk Processor Bottling Water After Harvey Destruction

September 7, 2017 12:33 PM

Instead of bottling milk, a milk processing plant in Beaumont, Tx. is bottling water to help residents cope with a lack of drinking water caused by Hurricane Harvey.

For one case of bottled water, cars lined up close to one mile after Harvey knocked out the city’s water plant.

The milk processing plant, owned by Kroger Supermarkets, shut down and bottled water in milk jugs for distribution at a local store.

“It’s not a good situation,” said Rebecca Cole, a resident of Beaumont. “We’ve been in line every day at all the different stores buying water because we unfortunately aren’t in time to get the free water, so we’ll be happy to pay for it.”

Cole said rationing water has been difficult because there’s five people in her family, as well as three dogs, who use the water for drinking, washing hands, and cooking.

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