Wellington hospital hands out bottled water

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sumner Community Hospital in Wellington handed out water Saturday in front of the hospital to help the community after flooding and a water main break contaminated the water.

The boil water advisory was rescinded Saturday afternoon according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. However, during that advisory, Wellington residents couldn't cook with water or drink it from their faucets.

So, the community came to the hospital for clean water.

"I think it's very great, it's wonderful that they're doing this. It helps us out," James Scheerger said, a Wellington resident.

They started with four pallets stacked with 84 cases each. They gave away three pallets in about an hour and a half.

"I think the word's getting around," Kelsey Curry said, a nurse at the hospital. "People come in and get some, then they call their friends and so and obviously Facebook not everybody's on their at this point in time, so um, we'll get a line of people and then it will be slow for a little bit."

Those three pallets they had given away included about 250 cases of water to people who came to the drive through. According to Curry, they also packed cars with them to deliver to other places.

"We have delivered to the nursing homes as well as AAHN's Place here in town and some of the other organizations that we know are in need," she said.

Curry said the hospital bought three pallets and the Sumner County CASA Project bought one. Their crew was made up of some community members, and some from the organizations, but it also included a manager from Orscheln's. The company discounted the water for them.

"We have it marked down right now to $1.99 for everybody and we're going to go through the rest of this week," Nathan Bradbury said, the Orscheln's store manager in Wellington.

The cases of water are originally $3.49 according to Bradbury, but they brought them down so the organizations could buy some to give out without being hurt financially. They also brought a semi truck filled with cases to help others around the community.

"We want to be involved with our communities, um, we want to be here for our community for the different things that come up," Bradbury said.

Kelsey Curry said the community banded together during their boil advisory, but there may be more work that is needed to be done outside of handing out water.

"We are looking for any people that would need help as far as cleaning up after the flood and that kind of thing," she said. "We know there are some that don't have the resources in order to do that."

Curry said if you would like to be a part of their team to help with the aftermath of the flooding, you can contact her at the Sumner Community Hospital.

The advisory has since been lifted.

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