Anheuser-Busch—the maker of Budweiser, Michelob ULTRA, Beck's, and several other popular adult beverages in the United States—has stopped the production of beer in one of its 12 facilities in order to start producing safe drinking water. The company announced that it had stopped producing beer at its location in Cartersville, Georgia, for the week, and it plans to produce 50,000 cans of safe drinking water for flood victims. The cases of water will be distributed in affected communities in Texas and Oklahoma by the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts.
Canned Water Will Help With Relief Efforts in Flood-Ravaged Areas of the Midwest
This isn’t the first time the Cartersville facility has turned its focus on making sure victims have safe water after a disaster or severe weather event. The company partners with the American Red Cross to produce disaster-relief water several times a year for affected communities across the nation. Anheuser-Busch has been doing so since 1906, according to their website. The company also donated canned water during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Between 2012 and 2013, the company donated to multiple relief efforts in 10 states for natural disasters, including fires, floods, and storms.
Jordan Scott, a spokesperson with the Red Cross, says that the donated water will make a big difference in recovery efforts from the historic flooding. “Oklahoma and Texas are in an unprecedented situation,” he says. Scott said that the storms have left many people in need, but that many people are also pitching in to lend a hand during the recovery. Safe drinking water is an important part of making sure victims have what they need.
Storms And Flooding Leave Wake of Death and Destruction
At the time of this report, 25 lives had already been lost to the severe storms, and at least 12 people are still reported missing. Swollen rivers and flash flooding have destroyed homes and businesses across several states, and numerous residents have been displaced. Texas and Oklahoma have been the two states hardest hit. While Texas has been in a several-year drought, the immense amount of water involved in the flooding has reportedly completely reversed the drought—although it also caused extreme losses. With the extent of the damages and much work to be done before recovery can truly get underway, it could be quite some time before a true estimation of the losses and destruction becomes clear.
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