Local News

May 28, 2013

Bottled water distribution combats flooding impact in New Sharon


New Sharon has seen some of the impact from recent flooding.

According to a post made on the Mahaska County Emergency Management's Facebook page on Monday, “Late last night, the waters of the North Skunk River flooded the City’s water facilities north of town.”

On Monday at around 2 p.m., the first batch of bottled water for customers and residents of the city of New Sharon arrived, said Jamey Robinson, director of Mahaska County Emergency Management. By 6:30 p.m., a second load of bottled water had arrived. Water was distributed to people on Monday from the City Park Building. The water continued to be distributed from the City Park Building in New Sharon on Tuesday.

This water was needed after New Sharon was placed under a boil order. At around midday Tuesday, Robinson noted that Oskaloosa's water services and Mahaska Rural Water services were up and fully functional.

On Tuesday, Robinson credited the Oskaloosa Water Department and their general manager Chad Coon in helping to deal with the flooding's impact. Robinson said members of the Oskaloosa and New Sharon fire departments also helped to deal with the flooding's impact. Water was able to be taken to the New Sharon water tower thanks to their efforts, he said.

On Monday alone, 628 families were able to get bottled water from the City Park Building, said Robinson. Those unable to get to the City Park Building were still able to get bottled water. Robinson said 53 elderly and special-needs residents were able to get bottled water on Monday thanks to the CERT team delivering it to them.

“It couldn't have been done without the CERT team yesterday,” said Robinson on Tuesday, noting that more deliveries to people unable to come to the City Park Building were being scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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