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Texas ANG delivers water, aid after winter storm

Water pallets loaded on C-130H

Texas Air National Guardsmen from the 181st Airlift Squadron load pallets of water on a C-130H Hercules Feb. 19, 2021, at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. Several aircraft delivered bottled water to towns in south Texas after Winter Storm Uri left many Texans without water and electricity. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Lynn Means)

Water pallets loaded on C-130H

Texas Air National Guardsmen work to unload pallets of water from a C-130H Hercules Feb. 19, 2021, at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Army and Air National Guardsmen orchestrated the delivery of more than 40,000 cases of water, while working in tandem with multiple government agencies, first responders, county officials, and volunteers in order to deliver aid to Texans in need after Winter Storm Uri. (Texas Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Lynn Means)

Water pallets loaded on C-130H

Texas Air National Guardsmen Tech. Sgt. Jorjie Godina and Tech. Sgt. Joshua Smith, 181st Airlift Squadron loadmasters, chat aboard a C-130H Hercules Feb. 19, 2021, at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Army and Air National Guardsmen orchestrated the delivery of more than 40,000 cases of water, while working in tandem with multiple government agencies, first responders, county officials, and volunteers in order to deliver aid to Texans in need after Winter Storm Uri.. (Texas Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Lynn Means)

NAVAL AIR STATION JOINT RESERVE BASE FORT WORTH, Texas (AFNS) --

A winter storm without a name is just chilly weather. But when the National Weather Service names it, it becomes the winter storm of a lifetime … or at least in the eyes of Texas.

From Feb. 14-20, Winter Storm Uri ー the worst polar vortex to hit Texas since 1989 ー spread cataclysmic damage and sent temperatures plummeting into the teens and single digits for more than four million Texans. Nicknamed “Snow-mageddon” by many, Uri’s cold wave resulted in widespread power outages. As homes lost power and temperatures dropped, water pipes froze, and in many cases, burst, leaving Texans without usable water or the energy source to boil it to render it potable.

In coordination with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, or TDEM, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA delivered approximately 1,300 tons of bottled water here to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth for central and south Texas communities without potable drinking water and likely to remain so for days or weeks to come.

Enter the Texas Air National Guard. Even before the snow and ice began to thaw, these Airmen soared into action to serve their fellow Texans.

With props spinning in record time, the 136th Airlift Wing’s C-130H Hercules flew more than 26 missions to places as far west as Abilene and Del Rio to far south including McAllen and Corpus Christi where additional Texas Guardsmen were waiting to distribute the water to local residents in need. Other aircraft, such as C-130Js, C-17 Globemaster IIIs and various rotary craft, augmented the deliveries.

Capt. Dave Ruthenbeck, 181st Airlift Squadron C-130H pilot, flew the mission. He said he wanted to pay it forward after having been without power or water for 35 hours himself.

“Now that I’ve got my power back, I want to help others not as fortunate,” Ruthenbeck said. “We’ve got about 35,000 pounds of water loaded here and are headed to Austin. We’ve been flying water since Thursday (Feb. 18) and will continue until it’s all delivered.”

Working around the clock, Texas Army and Air National Guardsmen orchestrated the delivery of more than 40,000 cases of water themselves, while working in tandem with TDEM and other agencies, first responders, county officials, and volunteers to deliver millions of bottles of water overall, plus food and other necessities to Texans in need.

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Smith, 181st AS loadmaster, said he wanted to find a way to help his neighbors and delivering the water was a good start.

“I love helping people,” Smith said. “People need water around the state right now and we’re doing the job and making it happen. This is the greatest job that you can have!”

More than 300 local Guardsmen were activated in the Houston and San Antonio areas to help staff-warming stations and support neighbors without power and water. Texas government officials and TDEM stated they will continue working to ensure the federal government provides appropriate assistance to individual Texans as well as to the state and local governments.

Texans in need of disaster assistance may apply at disasterassistance.gov, or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362.

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