BROOKNEAL, Va. (WFXR) — The town of Brookneal is in a much better position Friday after flooding took the town’s water treatment plant offline on Thursday.
The town was at risk of quickly running out of clean water for residents, but Campbell County and Food Lion responded quickly to help the town until that treatment plant is up and running again.
“I think we’re going to make it,” said Town Manager Russell Thurston.
The water that flooded the Brookneal Water Treatment Plant on Thursday, Nov. 12, completely receded after a day.
“Thanks to the citizens,” said Thurston. “They’ve done a great job of conserving the water, so I’m really proud of them for doing that.”
It will still be a few days until the plant is back online, and the reserves are almost gone.
“It’s been close to empty in the tanks, however, we do have a contingency plan, which has already been activated.”
Thurston says the Campbell County Water Authority is providing water to Brookneal for free, refilling the distribution system through the weekend.
“And they’re already in the process of refilling our distribution system, and that will be ongoing until we can get our plant back up to its normal level of operation.”
On Thursday Food Lion sold out of bottled water.
“Yesterday morning, it was a mad rush,” said Brookneal Store Manager Justin Waller. “I think everybody found out at one time. They pretty much cleaned us out. I have very little in stock, cause we don’t keep a lot on hand.”
Waller said they usually have three to five pallets of water, but his distributors responded quickly and delivered more pallets by Thursday afternoon.
“We were able to add on about eight pallets of food lion gallon water, 24-pack water. I reached out to the vendor community, got help from Coke with Dasani and Pepsi with Aquafina water.”
As of Friday, Nov. 13, he has 15 pallets of water.
“Oh we’re great right now. I have plenty now and plenty coming tomorrow.”
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