Church Helps With Water Shortage In Macy, Nebraska

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Needed: Bottled Water, Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

Cash donations accepted as well

Donations can be dropped off at Saint Roberts at 119th & Pacific

Questions can be referred to 402-333-1959

A damaged water supply in Macy, Nebraska has caused hardship for the Omaha Tribe that lives in the area. The water is contaminated; and has been for quite some time, local groups have been working to organize aid for the people who live in the area.

A group of St. Robert's parishioners have already made 3 trips to bring bottled water to Macy, which is about an hour and a half drive from Omaha.

They are planning a another trip on Saturday and hope to fill a semi with water.

In the last 3, they brought more than 5,000 bottles. It seems like a lot, but it's not enough, says Debbie Marcil, Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry.

"They are really struggling because there's just not a lot of water to take up and they need water. What little they have, they have to boil each time. Showers are limited. The desperate needs that you have of water, are not working," she said.

There are about 3,000 people who live in the area. "Because it's a very poor community, a lot of the people that live on the outskirts of town can't get in to pick up the water so they are trying to take it out to them. It's hard to get enough resources to get the water out to the people that need it the most," said Marcil.

Saint Robert's will be collecting donations on site at their cafeteria until they leave on Saturday.

Crews have been working to repair the damages to the main water line in Macy, but haven't been successful yet. The town has not had a steady flow of water for 3 weeks.

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