CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — The Anheuser-Busch plant in Cartersville is helping the victims of this weekend’s deadly tornado that has devastated the community of Mayfield, Kentucky.
At least 64 people have been killed and thousands more have been displaced from the storm, the Associated Press reported.
Anheuser-Busch said it will send more than 50,000 cans of fresh drinking water to Kentucky to help those who have been impacted by the storms.
“The donation of emergency drinking water will be delivered to Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner, Golden Eagle Distributing in Paducah, KY who will work alongside the American Red Cross to distribute the resources to those in need at their Calvert City, KY relief operations,” the company said in a news release. “This year alone, Anheuser-Busch donated more than 4 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities and volunteer fire departments across 49 states in support of ongoing relief efforts – including 100,000 cans of water to support Kentucky communities impacted by severe flooding earlier this spring.”
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Kentucky was the worst-hit state by far in an unusual mid-December swarm of twisters across the Midwest and the South that leveled entire communities and left at least 14 people dead in four other states.
At a Kentucky candle factory that collapsed due to a tornado, rescuers had to crawl over the dead to get to the living at a disaster scene that smelled like scented candles.
But by the time churchgoers gathered Sunday morning to pray for the lost, more than 24 hours had elapsed since anyone had been found alive in the wreckage.
Four twisters hit the state in all, including one with an extraordinarily long path of about 200 miles, authorities said. The outbreak was all the more remarkable because it came at a time of year when cold weather normally limits tornadoes.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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