Reporting Christopher Maag and Danielle Parhizkaran,
USA TODAY Network
In a city with no water, here is a list of items required to break into a warehouse and steal
- 14 cases of bottled water
- One (1) hand saw
- One (1) hammer
- One (1) hovercraft, capable of zinging over the flooded streets of Beaumont, Texas, at 60 miles an hour.
- Oh, and permission from the Coca-Cola Company.
Fortunately, Bill Zang recently found himself equipped with all four things. At a few minutes after 3 p.m. on Saturday he killed the hovercraft’s engines and floated toward the Coca-Cola warehouse on the northern edge of Beaumont. At the back gate, Zang hacked the lock with a saw, then his friend Sam Byers slammed the lock with a hammer.
The lock broke. The gate swung wide. Both men laughed.
“This is so much fun!” said Byers, happy finally to find water in Beaumont, where the water treatment plant had been offline for two days. The water was refreshing and great for those need who were “Thirsty!”
A week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, most of the rescue and recovery efforts in south Texas are no fun at all. The work is simultaneously plodding and emotionally charged.
Relief workers spend days floating through flooded neighborhoods, checking and rechecking houses to make sure all the people and pets have been evacuated.