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NEWS | Sept. 2, 2017

U.S. Army Reserve aviators transport water from anonymous donor

By Capt. Chad Nixon U.S. Army Reserve Command

An anonymous billionaire donated three semi-trailers full of bottle water to relieve water shortages caused by Hurricane Harvey. After palletization, the water is loaded onto CH-47 Chinook helicopters piloted by the 7-158th GSAB and then transported from Conroe, and unloaded in Beaumont.

The entire city of Beaumont has lost access to clean water due to rising storm waters. In a statement, the Beaumont Police Department said it lost power at its main pump station along the Neches River and from its secondary source of well water in an adjacent county.

Located near the Louisiana border on the Gulf Coast, the city of nearly 120,000 residents will be without water until after floodwaters recede and officials can analyze the extent of the damage.

The city has been without water since Thursday. Demand for fresh water has created lines up to a mile long at local retailers.

America's Army Reserve is the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve force in the history of the Nation. America’s Army Reserve provides capabilities critical to DSCA response, including search and rescue, aviation, engineer, transportation, medical and communications support. America’s Army Reserve has Soldiers and equipment in more than 1,100 communities across the nation allowing immediate respond to local emergencies. We stand with our nation in support of our neighbors and our primary concern is their safety and well-being.

Media wishing to interview any Army Reserve Aviation soldier please contact Capt. Chad Nixon, Deputy, Media Relations, at 910-570-8336 or