Tribe Loses Part of Water System, East Texas Volunteers to the Rescue, ALABAMA COUSHATTA TRIBE OF TEXAS, June 17, 2016 - On Thursday, June 15, 2016, Volunteer Fire Departments from all around this part of East Texas were summoned to help the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas with a water problem. The tribe had lost one of its water systems. Fire Departments from Livingston, Scenic Loop, Onalaska, Corrigan, Woodville, Colmesneil, Ivanhoe, Diboll, and Indian Sprigs assisted by using their tanker trucks to create a water shuttle system that kept the tribe's water system fully functional until their water system was repaired. The tribe was also assisted by the Polk County Office of Emergency Management.
Alabama Coushatta Fire Chief, Willo Sylestine said:Always a good day when you can count on your family and friends. Thank you to our Mutual Aid Fire Departments for the Water Shuttle operations. We can always count on each other for assisting us to provide water to our community. The Tribe had a possible disaster of losing one of our water systems, and everyone pulled together. Thank you to these Volunteer Fire Departments; Livingston, Scenic Loop, Onalaska, Corrigan, Woodville, Colmesneil, Ivanhoe, Diboll and Indian Springs for standing by to respond to emergencies for us. We truly dodged a bullet. Also a big thank you to Polk County Emergency Management and Precinct 4 personnel. There were many Tribal Departments pulling a huge support role, especially Tribal Forestry, Recreation, A~C One Stop, Tribal PD, and most importantly, the Tribal Water Works and Maintenance for working to fix the problem.
Special thank you: Livingston Fire Chief, Corky Cochran and Alabama Coushatta Fire Chief, Willo Sylestine
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