IRMA: Water bottles handed out in hot, thirsty Cocoa Beach

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:49 PM EDT

Cocoa Beach and some surrounding areas of Brevard County are still without water, and it could be quite some time before it's fully restored.

Water bottles were handed out in droves Tuesday afternoon at Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School to anyone without water service at their home.

Among the first in line Samantha Schaub, who has no water at home. She waited an hour for the distribution to start.

"A lot of us had to wait until Thursday or Friday when we got paid, and by that time, everybody was out of water," Schaub said. "Having to wait for a little bit to get some water, no big deal."

After things got going, the line quickly disappeared as officials worked like an assembly line to put cases into vehicles.

The first several pallets came from Satellite Beach, a beach-side town just down the road.

"We know it's a great inconvenience for citizens not to have power and water, but we are going to do whatever we can to help them as much as possible," Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight said.

A platoon of Florida National Guard members arrived with more water and to help.

The water will be distributed at four locations until water is fully restored:

  • Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High
  • Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island
  • 8505 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral
  • Byrd Plaza, Dixon Blvd, Cocoa

About 70 percent of customers in the Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center and Port Canaveral areas have had their water restored; Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach are next in line.