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Glenn County dry wells prompt water giveaway

1,500 cases of water were being away at the Orland Fire Department Wednesday. Some people say this water came just in time, as the number of reported dry wells increased to 75.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 11:45 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2021 12:42 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - Dry grass is fueling these fires and the drought emergency is only getting worse.

This drought emergency prompted a water giveaway in Orland, as more dry wells continue to be reported.

"It's never gone dry in all the droughts we've had. So this year, you know it's bad," said Robert Thomas, who lives in Orland.

For him, this water giveaway came in the nick of time.

"My well went dry about two days ago. Totally," he said.

But that didn't evaporate Thomas' want to lend a helping hand.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to get it," he said. "I think there are a lot of other people out there that in my own opinion deserve it just a little bit more."

Each family was given 10 cases of water bottles and put them in their trunks.

For some families, this is just what they needed.

But Glenn County Sheriff's Office said they're still finding more dry wells as more families get the water they need to survive.

"We have over 75 households that are without water, they have dry wells," said Amy Travis, Deputy Director for Glenn County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services.

The number went up Wednesday since more people wrote their own well in, as dry.

"The dry well report, it gives a snapshot of what's really going on," she said. "It helps us relay that information to the California Office of Emergency Services, how big this disaster is growing for Glenn County."

This disaster has prompted some like Bonny Schleef to drill an entirely new well that cost her $30,000.

"We've been buying water since April. Since April 15 we were out of water," said Schleef. "So I'm going home and taking the nicest shower and washing my car tomorrow. I'm going to do everything with my water."

The water was donated by the Orland Amazon Distribution Center with the help of Assemblyman James Gallagher.

There will be another water giveaway next Wednesday, July 21. at the Orland Fire Department from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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