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Howard Co. handing out water, MREs Tuesday

Tuesday - 8/30/2011, 5:47pm  ET

Darci Marchese, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - It's a double whammy for some residents. They don't have power or water.

Nellie Hill, a resident of Howard County, has well-water and without power, she doesn't have water. She says she prepared for the outage by filling up her bathtub with water, filling up three five-gallon buckets and purchased two cases of bottled water to drink.

With a six-month old baby in the house, she's starting to run low.

Hill asked WTOP if she would be a priority to get power restored and whether anyone was giving out free water.

Unfortunately, BGE says it does not give any priority to residents without water.

However, Howard County has set up a distribution center to hand out water and food. Supplies will be handed out to residents through 6 p.m. Tuesday or until they run out at the County's Dorsey Building at 9250 Bendix Road in Ellicott City, Md.

Residents without power can receive two MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) and three liters of water per family member.

Calvert County officials say they don't have an official distribution site, but are recommending residents who need water to fill up their own containers at area pools, fire houses and libraries.

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