JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The line for water started early Friday at the Metrocenter Mall in Jackson. Hundred of cars filled with hopeful people just for essentials.
“By them giving us the water we can still maintain our baths and brushing our teeth and washing our face. Even though its not as much, but its something,” said Jackson neighbor Erica Badere.
“My mother-in-law they got water and we’ve been going over there filling up jugs. It’s keeping us from having something just to use the bathroom.”
One man stopped to pick up some friends. He knew he couldn’t make it out alone.
“I brought four elderly down with me one can’t hardly make it, but she decided to come because she knew she needed it,” said Jackson neighbor Charles Bailey.
Bailey said he’s grateful for what the city is able to do, but believes the only way to get through tough times is to come together.
“Pray and stick together because that’s the only way to make it,” he said.
Later in the day, the City of Jackson announced the distribution of bottled water for drinking concluded for the day. Non-potable water (for flushing) will be available at Forest Hill High School, located at 2607 Raymond Road, until 7:00 p.m. Friday.
Neighbors are asked to bring containers to carry the non-potable water.
Citizens are encouraged to call 311 for all non-emergency City service requests. They can leave their full name, address, phone and state their medical needs. Leaders said the call volumes are high right now for them to return all calls, but they are collecting the details provided in the messages and providing constituent services with lists of requests for water to be delivered if the constituent leaves all of their pertinent information.
There was a water giveaway at Wingfield High School. Rep. Stephanie Foster also hosted a water giveaway at the Whitfield Hospital on Friday.