More than 2,000 cases of water


Sheriff’s Office collecting bottled water for flood victims

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Chloe Steadman brings a case of bottled water to the collection point set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning. She was one of the many individuals, business, churches, and other organizations donating bottled water to be collected and transported by the sheriff’s office to the Midlands that afternoon. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is one of four Upstate sheriff’s offices collecting bottled water for the residents of the Midlands affected by floods this past weekend. The sheriff’s office will continue collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Deputies and other personnel of the Union County Sheriff's Office along with volunteers work together to load donated cases of bottled water into one of the vehicles which would be used to transport them to the Midllands Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff's office is one of four Upstate sheriff's offices collecting bottled water for residents of the Midlands affected by floods this past weekend. The sheriff's office will continued collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday's collections.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times These are two of the five trailers and other vehicles already filled with cases of donated bottled water by shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Union County Sheriff's Office set up a collection point in the parking lot next to Hardee's Tuesday morning to collect bottled water for transportation and distribution to flood victims in the Midlands area. The sheriff's office will continue collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday's collections.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Cases of bottled water continued to arrive at a collection point set up by the Union County Sheriff's Office in the parking lot next to Hardee's Tuesday morning. The sheriff's office is collecting bottled water for transportation and distribution to flood victims in the Midlands area and will continue to do so this morning.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Sheriff’s Office has joined the sheriff’s offices in three others counties to collect bottled water for flood victims in the Midlands region of the state.

A storm system that dropped as much as eight inches of rain on parts of Union County caused severe flooding in the Midlands and Coastal regions of South Carolina. The effects of the flooding are still being felt in those areas with residents being without a number of basic supplies including water. This has prompted officials in those areas to contact their counterparts in the Upstate whose communities were not hit as hard by the storm and ask them to send bottled water and other needed supplies.

“We received a call from the Midlands, from Chief Mark Hill of SLED saying there was a desperate need for bottled water,” Union County Sheriff David Taylor said Tuesday morning. “I also got a call from Sheriff Chuck Wright of Spartanburg County about the severe need for bottled water in the Midlands. He said they took some bottled water down there yesterday and the people down there went through it like it was nothing.

“So Sheriff Wright, Sheriff Ricky Casteen of Laurens County, Sheriff Steve Mueller of Cherokee County, and myself started working last night getting bottled water,” he said. “Our offices are collecting bottled water to take down to the Midlands today and Wednesday. Here in Union we’re collecting bottled water from 8 a.m.-noon today and will be taking it down to the Midlands this afternoon.”

The collection point was busy late Tuesday morning with deputies and other sheriff’s office personnel along with volunteers helping collect and load up the donated water being brought in by a variety of local residents and private and public organizations.

Volunteer David “Tubo” Owens said that by just shortly after 11 a.m., there were five trailers, three beds of pickup trucks and even the Union County Emergency Services Mobile Command Post filled with cases of bottle water. Owens estimated that at that point more than 1,200 cases of bottled water had brought in, collected and loaded up for transport. Even as he spoke, however, Owens and the other volunteers and sheriff’s office staff were loading even more cases of bottled water that were being be brought in. An hour later, the number of donated cases of water exceeded 2,000 and more was still coming in.

Owens said the cases of bottled water ranged in size from six to 24 to 28 to 32 bottles of water per pack. He said the cases were being donated by individuals, churches, banks, businesses, the Town of Carlisle, the Town of Jonesville, Dollar General, Save a Lot, and Bilo.

“I believe we live in the greatest county in South Carolina,” Owens said.

The sheriff’s office will again be collecting donations of bottled water today from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee’s. Owens said that in addition to bottled water, people in the Midlands also need things like hand sanitizer and other personal hygiene products. He said they also need bread and so donated loaves of bread will also be collected today along with the other needed items.

In addition to bottled water, monetary donations were also made. One of those making a monetary donation was Nina Austin.

“Union may be a small town, but when something like this happens we come together like a big town,” Austin said. “I’m proud to be a Unionite.”

For more information about the collection drive contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Chloe Steadman brings a case of bottled water to the collection point set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning. She was one of the many individuals, business, churches, and other organizations donating bottled water to be collected and transported by the sheriff’s office to the Midlands that afternoon. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is one of four Upstate sheriff’s offices collecting bottled water for the residents of the Midlands affected by floods this past weekend. The sheriff’s office will continue collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Bottled-Water-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Chloe Steadman brings a case of bottled water to the collection point set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning. She was one of the many individuals, business, churches, and other organizations donating bottled water to be collected and transported by the sheriff’s office to the Midlands that afternoon. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is one of four Upstate sheriff’s offices collecting bottled water for the residents of the Midlands affected by floods this past weekend. The sheriff’s office will continue collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

Deputies and other personnel of the Union County Sheriff’s Office along with volunteers work together to load donated cases of bottled water into one of the vehicles which would be used to transport them to the Midllands Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office is one of four Upstate sheriff’s offices collecting bottled water for residents of the Midlands affected by floods this past weekend. The sheriff’s office will continued collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Bottled-Water-4.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times

Deputies and other personnel of the Union County Sheriff’s Office along with volunteers work together to load donated cases of bottled water into one of the vehicles which would be used to transport them to the Midllands Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office is one of four Upstate sheriff’s offices collecting bottled water for residents of the Midlands affected by floods this past weekend. The sheriff’s office will continued collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times

These are two of the five trailers and other vehicles already filled with cases of donated bottled water by shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Union County Sheriff’s Office set up a collection point in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning to collect bottled water for transportation and distribution to flood victims in the Midlands area. The sheriff’s office will continue collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Bottled-Water-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times

These are two of the five trailers and other vehicles already filled with cases of donated bottled water by shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Union County Sheriff’s Office set up a collection point in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning to collect bottled water for transportation and distribution to flood victims in the Midlands area. The sheriff’s office will continue collecting bottled water and other needed supplies for the residents of the Midlands this morning from 8 a.m.-noon at the same location as Tuesday’s collections.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Cases of bottled water continued to arrive at a collection point set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning. The sheriff’s office is collecting bottled water for transportation and distribution to flood victims in the Midlands area and will continue to do so this morning.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Bottled-Water-5.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Cases of bottled water continued to arrive at a collection point set up by the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot next to Hardee’s Tuesday morning. The sheriff’s office is collecting bottled water for transportation and distribution to flood victims in the Midlands area and will continue to do so this morning.

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Sheriff’s Office collecting bottled water for flood victims

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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