Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Still need to prepare for Hurricane Florence? Here’s where and when to find water, supplies

Grocery stores in Williamsburg are expecting extra shipments of water and supplies to prepare for the hurricane. (WYDaily/Andy Harris)
Grocery stores in Williamsburg are expecting extra shipments of water and supplies to prepare for the hurricane. (WYDaily/Andy Harris)

With Hurricane Florence pushing off of the East Coast, stores across the region are selling out of emergency supplies, specifically water.

Local stores in Williamsburg are restocking their supplies as quickly as possible to prepare  for the incoming weather.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Farm Fresh in Norge and Food Lion in Williamsburg reported being out of water. Farm Fresh expects another shipment of 25 pallets of water and supplies to be delivered Wednesday and ready for purchase by the afternoon, said Matt Casparriello, the store’s assistant manager.

“We are supplying as quickly as we can, but people are buying water fast enough that I wouldn’t tell anyone to wait till Thursday to buy some,” he said.

Food Lion also is waiting to restock its water supply. Store manager Katie Walden said the store hopes to have more water delivered by the end of the day but will certainly have more water available tomorrow. The store currently has milk, bread and other emergency supplies available.

The Walmart store in Williamsburg brought in an extra tractor-trailer full of water and supplies Monday afternoon, store manager Amanda Hairfield said. However, she said, once the water is put out on the floor, there is immediately a line of customers ready to purchase it.

The store has increased staffing to handle the demand. Extra shipments will arrive today and tomorrow.

“We are taking all of the necessary precautions to make sure our community is served in preparation for this event,” Hairfield said.

The Kroger in York still has water for purchase as well as other supplies such as milk, bread and canned goods, according to corporate affairs manager Allison McGee. The store is preparing to receive shipments of water and supplies on both Tuesday evening and tomorrow morning.

Generators are also being shipped to Kroger stores throughout the region to help them remain open in the event of a power outage. The store has also added extra staff and drivers to ensure emergency supplies and products stay stocked as needed.

This story will be updated as more information is received. 

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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