GLENWOOD, Iowa (KMTV) — The facility that provides water to Glenwood, Iowa is flooded. Water is contaminated, bringing a boiling advisory into effect.
Across the city, signs are posted reminding residents to boil their water. Inside Glenwood Community High School, a crowd of a few hundred took notes on resources becoming available at the state and city level.
Rachel Reis is with the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce, she says those living in the city will be dealing with the water restrictions for the long haul.
"This just needs to become a part of our everyday life for a while," Reis said. "We will be on water conservation and boil orders until they can get the water treatment plant up and running. Part of that is to protect people to make sure they don't get sick because some people have water sensitivity and some people don't."
Help is available at the Mills County YMCA on Sivers Rd. A MUD tanker carrying 900 gallons of water is filling up water jugs for free, every day from noon to 7 p.m. MUD employees have poured hundreds of gallons of water to hundreds in Glenwood, making life a little easier.
"We just did some laundry by hand in the kitchen sink and being able to come here right away and fill up 3 gallons of clean water that we can use for that and not use water out of our system means the world," James Trinchitella said.
Reis adds that the water situation could last weeks or even a month because of the flood. Some homeowners say it's an inconvenience, but nothing compared to what some of their neighbors have to go through.
"Showering--we're limiting our household to a 3 minute shower," Shane Kolle said. "But that pales in comparison to those folks who are displaced."