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WAPT’s Water Drive Distributes 1.1 Million Bottles of Water

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 3/9/2021

In response to the ongoing water crisis, WAPT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss., launched a water drive, collecting more than 1.1 million bottles. The water donations began distribution less than 24 hours later to metro families impacted by Jackson’s catastrophic loss of water.

The water crisis began during February’s historic ice storm and sub-zero temperatures, leaving a large portion of the city without water for nearly a month.

“It’s times like these that Mississippi generosity shines more than ever,” says Mike Neelly, WAPT’s general manager, “and our community surpassed all expectations with an incredible display of giving.”

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