Last updated: July 26. 2014 5:16PM -

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Free rain barrels are coming to Altus this coming Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m., according to Lloyd Colston, Altus Emergency Management Director.


In a partnership with the Coca-Cola Company in Wichita Falls, 100 of the free barrels will be distributed at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W Tamarack, for residents of Jackson County.


While the rain barrels are free, the quantity is limited, according to Colston. Area residents are encouraged to bring a pickup and an item to show they reside in the County. A utility bill, a driving license, or a government document, ex. tax or correspondence will be adequate.


Jackson County remains in a severe drought. While this is an improvement from previous weeks and extreme to severe drought designations, Altus residents have been encouraged to conserve water for months.


“The partnership with the Coca-Cola Company is greatly appreciated,” said Colston. Area stores such as Atwoods and Fox’s Building Supply carry the barrels but the demand has been great.


The entire community … businesses, residents, and government … are in this drought together. “The cooperation is outstanding,” said Colston.


For more information about Emergency Management, persons may call Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Management at 580-482-0229 while Colston may be called at 580-481-2260.


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