U.S. Water Crises Are on the Rise
Major hurricanes dominate news cycles. But smaller water crises happen more frequently and affect thousands of people each year. Convoy of Hope is constantly monitoring extreme weather and is currently responding to severe U.S. water crises in multiple states.
Supplies Arrive Amid Flooding in St. Louis
On Tuesday, the St. Louis area received more than 7 inches of rain in just 5 hours — breaking an over 100-year-old rainfall record. Some areas saw water rise more than 21 feet in 7.5 hours. Police rescued several drivers from vehicles that had been overtaken by flooding. Other residents called 911 while trapped in apartment complexes as the water outside rose.
A Convoy of Hope truck filled with relief supplies has arrived in St. Louis, and teams are helping residents affected by the floodwaters.
Relief for Water Crisis in Marion, Kentucky
A loss of 83 million gallons of water has left a small city in Western Kentucky in a water crisis. Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in Marion on June 18 after a levee breach on Lake George left the town of nearly 3,000 people with a dwindling supply of water.
Convoy of Hope has distributed nearly 42,000 pounds of water to more than two-thirds of the people living in Marion. And because Convoy stays to respond long after a disaster, teams will continue to assess ongoing needs and support local partners.
Distributing Relief After Virginia Floods
On July 12, a series of storms stalled over wide regions of Virginia and dropped between 4 to 6 inches of rain in a matter of hours. The destruction it caused was enough that Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency.
Convoy has distributed more than 62,000 pounds of water, food, and cleaning supplies to 3,200 people. As water continues to be the largest need, Convoy will prioritize bottled water for its long-term response.
Thank you for partnering with Convoy of Hope to provide relief for communities in need, regardless of how long a disaster is in the news cycle. To learn more about the work Convoy is doing, visit convoy.org/news.