Kenner residents wait in line for free bottled water while under boil advisory

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Dozens of Kenner residents lined Loyola Drive Friday to get free water.

Cars lined up bumper to bumper at Kenner City Park.

"It reminds me of the Hurricane Katrina when you had to stay in line and get free stuff," Amanda Root said as she waited in her car.

Once stocked at grocery stores just a few days ago, it's now hard to get.

"Last night we started with water we actually went out and purchased. We had about two flatbed trucks, probably about 10 to 15 palettes on each one. We did not run out," Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said.

Zahn said Friday's supply was donated by a local businessman.

"He had a distributor in Houston. He was able to put all the water on there. I think it left Houston at 4:00 yesterday, got here last night," Zahn said.

The mayor said the water pressure is back to normal, and should stay that way.

"As mayor, as a councilperson and chief of police are very happy that the pressure's back because we had to deal with the worry of fires. We had a fire last night, we had two the other night. We want to make sure we had that pressure back to be able to get our fires put out for safety reasons," Zahn said.

The line went as far back as a mile, and many waited for more than an hour.

"I've been waiting in line now for about an hour and 15 minutes," Brian Cameron said.

Cameron is one of many trying to get clean water.

"Two days ago, we got down to just a trickle of water in the house. Since then it's gone up just a little bit, but not too much. It's made it difficult to do normal things like cooking and just cleaning up around the house," Cameron said.

Addressing some backlash from the community, Zahn says the city did what it had to do.

"There will be some people out there who will criticize what we did, that we went and spent some money to give the water out. I'm going to stand behind what we did, I think it's right. The council's going to stand behind it, and the chief. We made those decisions before we went out there, we think it's the right thing to do," Zahn said.

While the water pressure is back to normal, the boil advisory for some Jefferson Parish residents is expected to last at least until the state test results come back clear.

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