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Gusher of support
June 23, 2009 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Nothing like a crisis to bring out the best in the Ohio Valley.?Such was the case again this past weekend when Martins Ferry went dry. The Purple City lost water service early Saturday morning due to a major water line break on First Street. Service Director John?Davies mobilized his troops and through passionate and diligent work, the break was repaired after Columbia Gas crews fixed one of its lines.?Still, Ferry residents were living without water service until Sunday morning. With a town in dire straits, volunteerism and good deeds began to surface aplenty. Be it the Martins Ferry VFD and Emergency?Services or Belmont County?EMA, residents of the four high-rise apartments in the city received water.?Wal-Mart of St.?Clairsville delivered to a tune of 60 case of bottled water and 50 gallon jugs.?Water buffalos trekked northward from?Powhatan Point while Dean’s Water Transport brought in tankers. Sam's Club donated more water Sunday following another line break. Aid came quickly and without a request needed. It was a gusher of a goodwill team effort. That is not surprising. Helping those who need it, is a longstanding Ohio Valley trait.
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