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MillerCoors providing 100,000 cans of drinking water to ravaged communities in Iowa, Nebraska

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 12:55:39-04

MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch are providing more than 200,000 cans of drinking water to first responders and residents of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska, who are being affected by historic flooding.

MillerCoors, partnering with can-maker Ball Corp. and carton-maker Graphic Packaging International, is sending 100,000 cans to Omaha, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa, according to MillerCoors' Behind the Beer blog.

After the cans arrive at MillerCoors distributors, they will head to local organizations providing aid.

The historic flooding of the Missouri River and its tributaries has left thousands of acres in the region underwater. At least three people have died, farmland is ruined, hundreds of structures have been destroyed and drinking water plants have been contaminated.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts called the floods “the most widespread disaster we’ve had in our state’s history.”

“Access to safe drinking water is critical and prioritizes the safety of everyone, especially in times of crisis.” — Michael Nordman, community affairs manager at MillerCoors

In Iowa, portions of which also are underwater, 81 of its 99 counties were under a flood warning as of Wednesday.

“Access to safe drinking water is critical and prioritizes the safety of everyone, especially in times of crisis,” said Michael Nordman, community affairs manager at MillerCoors. “Through the donation of the water cans, we aim to provide comfort and relief to Iowa residents impacted by the flooding.”

The shipment is part of MillerCoors’ commitment to communities in crisis, which launched in 2017 in partnership with Ball.

Anheuser-Busch also said its Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery sent 100,000 cans of water to the Red Cross and other organizations in Nebraska to aid with the disaster.