DOBSON — Additional water collection points have been announced as part of the Surry County Board of Commissioners’ mission to collect water for residents affected by Hurricane Matthew.
At Monday’s meeting of the county board, Commissioner Larry Phillips announced the county will spearhead an effort to collect drinking water to be sent to the eastern part of North Carolina in a effort to aid victims of the natural disaster.
Phillips, who has gone on missions to areas adversely affected by hurricanes in the past, said drinking water is of huge importance to those with flooded homes and in areas in which public water has not been cleared for drinking. Many North Carolina counties are still under boil alerts, and it will take months to right the damage the storm caused.
The county is collecting water at its human resources building in Mount Airy. Collection points have also been set up at Shepherd’s House in Mount Airy and at the offices of the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity.
A local trucking company, H&W Trucking, has offered to transport the water to a drop-off point in the eastern part of the state. Additionally, the use of a box truck has been offered by Johnson Granite, the company founded by Commissioner Larry Johnson.
Phillips noted the county’s three school systems had offered to aid in the effort, and on Wednesday he emailed a list of additional water collection points.
• A collection truck will be present at East Surry High School for the school’s junior varsity football game on Thursday at 4 p.m. The truck will remain at the school into the afternoon hours on Friday.
• There will be two collection trucks at Surry Central High School beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday. The trucks will remain in place through the duration of the Surry Central and North Surry football game Friday evening.
• A truck will also be present at Mount Airy High School from Thursday at 4 p.m. through Saturday afternoon. A junior varsity football game will be played on Thursday and a band competition will take place at the school at noon on Saturday. Mount Airy superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison has asked visiting bands to bring water to donate at the competition.
• A collection truck will be at Elkin High School on Friday for the school’s varsity football game against Wilkes Central.
• County employees may also drop off water at the county administration building in Dobson. The water will then be transported to the collection site at the human services building.
Phillips said on Monday North Carolina communities must stick together in tough times.
“We are one North Carolina,” said Phillips. “If one county is hurting, it hurts us.”
Anybody with questions, or who would like to lend a hand in the endeavor, is urged to call Commissioner Van Tucker at 401-1466.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.