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UPDATE: Water distribution delayed in Lawrence and Morgan Counties

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LAWRENCE AND MORGAN COUNTIES, Ala. (WHNT)-- The emergency management directors in Lawrence and Morgan Counties say there has been a delay in plans for water distribution in their counties. This is for those communities affected by the West Morgan East Lawrence water advisory.

Representatives from each EMA office confirm they do have water en route, or on location, from multiple donations. However, the largest of the donations, arranged by the Food Bank of North Alabama, is coming from out of state. That donation has been delayed.

As a way to ensure everyone who needs it can get water, the organizers are delaying all water distribution until the bulk of the donations are in house. This means distribution may not begin until at least Tuesday, possibly Wednesday.

Once distributions begin the schedule will be as follows:
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m.

You're asked to bring a copy of your water bill, but if you don't have that available they're willing to work with you.

You'll receive a limited amount per family at the following locations:

Lawrence County

  • Hillsboro Gin – 14934 Al. Hwy. 20 Hillsboro, Al. 35643
  • Roy Coffey Park – 3581 Jefferson St. Courtland, Al. 35618
  • Farmers market – 15992 Main St. Town Creek, Al. 35672
  • Okalona Baptist Church – 6628 Co. Rd. 236 Town Creek, Al. 35672
  • Veterans Memorial Park – 6229 Co. Rd. 214 Trinity, Al. 35673

Morgan County

  • Danville V.F.D. – 5796 Hwy. 36 W Danville, Al. 35619
  • Mud Tavern V.F.D. – 2278 Kirby Bridge Rd Decatur, Al. 35603
  • Neel V.F.D. – 70 Neel School Road Danville, Al. 35619
  • Punkin Center V.F.D. – 672 Kirby Bridge Road Danville, Al. 35619
  • Massey V.F.D. – 386 Evergreen Road Falkville, Al. 35622

Lawrence County EMA Director Johnny Cantrell said although the EPA has not declared an emergency, these plans are in place to assist the affected and concerned citizens.

Representatives from the Lawrence County EMA say delayed plans for distribution are happening, in part, because WMEL gave no notice to emergency management agencies and county leadership about the water advisory. They've had to work quickly since to get water from as far away as other states.

There are limited supplies, so if the amount of water you receive at the distribution locations isn't enough Cantrell said you could look to churches, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other local organizations to get more. Because of those limited supplies, donations are still very much needed.

You can read more about relief efforts by clicking this link, and more about water distribution here.

WHNT News 19 will stay in touch with each EMA Office as this situation develops. Please watch for updates as we learn more.