Mobile shower unit helps people without water in McDowell county


BRADSHAW, WV (WVNS) — The current drought is drying up water supply for many people across the region, but a group of volunteers is working to provide relief for one McDowell County community.

Brian Harrison is the mayor of Bradshaw. He spent most of Tuesday helping people fill water tanks at town hall.

“They’re dry, bone dry,” said Harrison. “And it’s getting worse for them as the drought keeps continuing.”

At least half of the people living in the Bradshaw area get their water from wells and springs. However, after a very dry September, local pastor, Brian Patterson, said nothing is coming out of their faucet.

“As long as you got it you don’t realize how much you use it, but soon as its turned off you realize how much you need it,” Patterson said.

McDowell county officials recruited the Beckley Dream Center, a faith based non-profit, for help. On Tuesday, October 1, 2019 the dream team set up a mobile shower unit at the United Methodist Church. Stacy Dingess is a volunteer with the dream center.

“People can come in, shower and do the things they need to do and conserve the limited amount of water resources that are here,” Dingess said.

The mobile shower unit can serve 12 to 13 people per hour, giving each person 15 minutes to shower.

“It makes a big difference, a noticeable difference and they’re so grateful to have that,” Dingess said.

The dream team uses the unit to help communities with disaster relief across Appalachia. With the help of the local church and town leaders, they will continue the shower service from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for the remainder of the drought.

“I think we have to get outside the church walls and show people that we care and love them, and will accept them in whatever situation they’re having,” said Patterson. “We’re here to help them and lend a hand. “

Water tanks can be filled at the Bradshaw Town Hall.

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