Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval announces help to Jackson, Mississippi

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, first row 4th from left, in Washington for White House event for city mayors Sept. 7, 2022. Standing next to Pureval is Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, 5th from left, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris. Photo: Twitter @AftabPureval

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval announced Sept. 12, 2022, his city is deploying resources to help in the recovery efforts from devastating floods in Jackson, Mississippi.

Following extreme rainfall and flooding of the Pearl River, the City of Jackson, Mississippi’s water treatment plant was partially shut down and is extremely understaffed. Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) system, the State of Mississippi has requested assistance with staffing augmentation of the 24-hour operation of this critical infrastructure in order to restore clean water to the City of Jackson.

“We are proud to respond to the call for help during this tragic and challenging moment for the people of Jackson,” Pureval, whose parents are of Tibetan and Indian origin, is quoted saying in a press release.

“Our GCWW (Greater Cincinnati Water Works) volunteers, who will be on the ground supporting this critical operation, embody Cincinnati’s commitment to lifting up those in need however we’re able. My sincere thanks go to everyone pitching in to help Jackson recover,” Mayor Pureval said.

Cincinnati’s EMAC is working with the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency to offer five GCWW staff to assist with recovery from Jackson’s water crisis.

The GCWW has assembled a qualified, cross-functional team that has the capability to work autonomously or as part of a larger maintenance initiative. The group consists of team members with heavy maintenance experience, chemical process experience, building maintenance experience, electrical experience, instrumentation experience, and machining skills. The team is well versed in both routine and emergency repairs and is used to tackling multiple problems in a workday, the press release said.



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