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Brewery cans drinking water for flood victims

By Lia Sanders on 1/06/15 11:00 AM

A brewery in Georgia, USA has been canning freshwater to send to victims of floods and heavy storms in Oklahoma and Texas.

A branch of the Anheuser-Busch brewery – the company which owns Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s – in Georgia has produced more than 50,000 cans of water to send to flood victims via the American Red Cross.

Rob Haas, senior general manager at the brewery, said: “Relief workers and people in the region are in need of safe, clean drinking water as they work to recover from the storms, and this is one way Anheuser-Busch can help our friends and neighbors.”

Floods struck Oklahoma and Texas this week leaving thousands of homes damaged and killing at least 28 people.

The company has produced water in response to natural disasters in the past, such as in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit. Since 1988 they have provided 73 million cans of drinking water.

Cindy Erickson, CEO American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, said: “When a need for water looks imminent, we can count on Anheuser-Busch to help. They are a proactive partner with a priority to help communities during times of stress and disaster.”