Guard assists with water support
WARRENTON, VA, August 29, 1999 -- Soldiers from Company B,
229th Engineers, are taking part in a Virginia National Guard
operation to provide water to drought-stricken Virginia farmers
and have 5,000 gallons of water located at the Warrenton National
The Virginia National Guard has water pumping assets deployed
to three communities in Virginia -- Warrenton, Lexington and
Water trailers and a flat bed
truck with two 2500-gal. Pods were dispatched on Friday to the
three communities in hopes of alleviating the area farmers' plight.
The units are working with local VDOT representatives to get
A 6,000-gal. tanker from Fort Pickett is working at the Virginia
Horse Center in Lexington; two trailers from the 203rd Red Horse
Engineering Squadron in Virginia Beach (5,000 gal and 1,500 gal.),
are currently staged at the Bedford National Guard Armory and
plan to distribute from that site; and the 229th Engineer Battalion
from Fredericksburg has the flat bed trailer in Warrenton at
the armory to distribute water.
The water distribution point at the Armory in Warrenton is being
staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call
the armory at 540-347-6362. No end date has been set for the
The Bedford site will operate on-call operations working with
the local emergency operation center due to the reduced number
of requests for water in the area.
This water distribution point is part of a state-wide effort
on the part of a number of state agencies to provide relief to
farmers who need water for their crops. As part of Virginia Governor
Jim Gilmore's response to the drought of 1999, the Virginia Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services has set up a toll free drought
hotline number: 888-814-2457.
TOP PHOTO: Sgt. Kevin R. Toney
(on top of the tank) and Staff Sgt. Brent A. Shoup fill up water
tanks from a a VDOT water truck. The water tanks are on station
at the Warrenton Armory to provide water for drought-stricken
local farmers. (Photo by Capt. A. A. Puryear).
BOTTOM PHOTO: VDOT crews hauled
water from a local quarry and pumped it into holding tanks located
at the Warrenton armory. (Photo by Capt. A. A. Puryear).