With every generation there has been the question “Where were you…?” during times of intense stress or historical significance. On a national scale, the previous generations might be asked where they were during the attack on Pearl Harbor? How about when Kennedy was assassinated? Today the question is, where were you during 9/11?
Like these events that left an indelible mark on our nation, there are some that affected our neighborhoods in their own cataclysmic way. For many longtime Beaverdale residents, the big question they face is “Where were you when you found out the water would be abruptly shut off for an unknown amount of time in 1993?”
Chuck Goodrich keeps this memory on the windowsill of his garage in the form of an Anheuser-Busch can of drinking water.
“We weren’t sure how long the water would be off… a few days, a week,” says Goodrich. “My wife and kids were out of state at the time, so I just told them to extend their stay.”
It was around 3 a.m. that word of the water being shut off reached nearly everyone in town. Some were getting calls from friends, others from concerned parents and family. People quickly left from their homes, rushing to the old Hinky-Dinky, then Easter’s, a grocery store that was on the corner of Beaver and Douglas Avenue. The stock was shocking. Everything liquid, from bottled water to chocolate milk, was gone within minutes.
The water was shut off from July 11 – 22. During this time the Army National Guard and American Red Cross set up water stations, and the local Anheuser-Busch distributor contributed water in white six packs with their logo on it. Huge bladders of off-color water could be procured in Dahl’s parking lot on Merle Hay. Some took showers at Camp Dodge. Little League games were canceled.
No one could have guessed they would be unable to have running water for 11 days. The cans remain in Goodrich’s garage as a reminder of not only the trying time in our town’s history but also of how this neighborhood came together to lend a hand to one another.
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