Thousands of water bottles flew from Fort Worth to Austin
28,000 bottles of drinking water landed in Austin-Bergstrom on Friday evening and were distributed to locations in the Austin area.
Austin, Texas – – After a slight interruption due to an aircraft maintenance problem, 28,000 bottles of drinking water landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Friday evening.
“There are many hands in this pot trying to help everyone,” said Captain Dave Ruthenbeck, a member of the Texas Air National Guard and one of the pilots on the plane.
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The Texas Division of Emergency Management helped coordinate the delivery, and members of the Texas Air National Guard and Army National Guard helped load, transport, and unload the bottles onto trucks for distribution in Austin.
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“I lost the power supply for about 35 to 36 hours a few days ago and it was good neighbors and good company that kept us going,” said Captain Ruthenbeck. “I’ve put my things in order at home and I have the opportunity to help and try to be a good neighbor to everyone else.”
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Captain Ruthenbeck said they had flown several missions to get the supplies they needed to locations across the state. He said after unloading the delivery of water bottles in Austin, they would return to Fort Worth to reload and go wherever they were sent next.
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HEB says they will replenish all Austin locations and the Texas Restaurant Association is helping hospitals with meals.
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The bottles of water flown in from Fort Worth are some of many the city will be distributing to locations around Austin. In an update on Friday, City Manager Spencer Cronk said they also made a bulk purchase of 1 million gallons of water that is expected to arrive on trucks Friday night and Saturday.
Information about the locations of the water distribution points is expected to be published on Friday evening. Read more about the city’s distribution plan here.