Red Cross Responds to Water Outage in Mancos

We wanted to help meet the immediate needs while town officials arranged for larger water distribution.

The American Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter provided support to the community of Mancos, during this week’s water outage. Local Red Cross workers delivered water and snacks to help the town’s 1,300 residents after pumps at the water treatment facility in Mancos failed.

Red Cross volunteers activated the Southwest Chapter response vehicle and delivered 35 cases of bottled water to the area, along with snacks and hand sanitizer. "We activated right away," said Bill Werner, Disaster Program Manager for the Southwest Colorado Chapter. "We wanted to help meet the immediate needs while town officials arranged for larger water distribution."

Large tankers of water and portable toilets have been brought in to help the community get through the shortage that could last several days. The Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter will remain in contact with local officials and will stand ready to help if needed.

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