Heat dries up water supplies for assistance programs

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-Several grassfires flared up all over Texoma just in the past week. Along with the grass, the 100 degree weather is also drying up water and other supplies for firefighters. Victoria Maranan is live in the studio to tells us more.
Both the Texoma Red Cross and Salvation Army are experiencing a shortage in drinking water and Gatorade, which they need to assist victims and emergency responders during a disaster and they need your help.
Texoma Red Cross executive director, Sharon Watson said they used up much of their water and Gatorade supplies.

"With the fires that we had last week and then this week, we're running short. I counted back in the garage right now, I think we've got about six cases of Gatorade. In the last fire, we used seven cases," she said.

And it's the same at the Salvation Army, according to Maj. Don Wildish.

"This past week we had five disasters to go through, so it's not uncommon for us to go through 90 to 100 cases of fluids while we're out there in the disaster area in one short week," he said.

Both the Texoma Red Cross and the Salvation Army are called in to assist during a disaster and because of the triple-digits, combined with half a dozen grass fires in the past week, they are short on water and Gatorade.
Sherman fire chief, Jeff Jones said because of the heat, firefighters had to take extra measures to protect themselves, like during Monday's 3,000 acre grass fire in Southmayd when it was 104 degrees outside.

"We had over 60 firefighters on that scene the other day and I know they went through many cases of water, many cases of Gatorade and we do our best to assist with that by purchasing and supplying water ourselves as do all the departments all over Grayson county. We couldn't survive without the support of the Red Cross and Salvation Army both," he said.

While the Salvation Army received $500 worth of water and Gatorade from Great Days of Service, Wildish said there was still a need.

"Back at the Salvation Army, we have about another 15 more cases of Gatorade, but still we can go through that on one day of disaster work," he said.

And Texoma Red Cross' Sharon Watson said it's best to have some cases in stock, ready for the next call.

"We probably could use a hundred cases of Gatorade easily, because this is wildfire season. But we go from that to the fall, house fire season and we know that September's still going to be a hot month," she said.

If you want to help out, you can drop-off donations at the Texoma Red Cross or the Salvation Army:

American Red Cross--Texoma chapter
2527 State Highway 691
Denison, TX
(903) 465-1330

Salvation Army
5700 Texoma Parkway
Sherman, TX
(903) 868-9602

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