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Free water given away for second day

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Several hundred people turned out for a second day of the free water giveaway in Jackson.

City of Jackson employees, Hinds County inmates and Jackson Fire Fighters along with members of the Red Cross handed out the water to Jackson residents.

Traffic at the Metrocenter distribution point began to tighten up just after 5 p.m. when many people got off work. The numbers were lighter than Tuesday's turnout when traffic wrapped around the mall and out onto Robinson Road.

Wednesday evening they handed out the final jugs of the 95-hundred gallons Kroger had donated to the city. They also handed out several pallets of bottled water they received from MEMA.

Residents we talked to say the water shortage has created a great inconvenience for parents who have had to stay home because school is out and for mothers with young infants.

Metrocenter Mall along with several local businesses are also closed due to low water pressure.

Just to the south in Byram the water problem has led to the closure of several restaurants and businesses.

The water pressure varies from block to block. Many restaurants that did open, only had their drive-thru's open, and were serving drinks in plastic bottles.

There was also a run on bottled water in grocery stores Wednesday afternoon, but most said they planned to re-stock later that night.

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