CLENDENIN, W.Va. -- They're mostly known for battling fires, but since Friday's storm knocked out power, the members of Clendenin's volunteer fire department had a different mission over the weekend.
"We're trying to keep ice to give [residents] a cold drink of water," Chief Kevin Clendenin said. "The water ran out yesterday, earlier in the higher elevations."
Since the storm, the firefighters have been taking shifts at the fire station, where they offer water and ice to people as they need it.
Clendenin lost electricity during the storm. Without a backup generator, the town's water service followed.
The town's water was restored later Sunday evening, West Virginia American Water officials said.
"We're giving away six bottles of water at a time for individuals," Clendenin said Sunday afternoon. "More if I know they have families."
Clendenin said there was a steady stream of people coming in for water during the outage.
One of those people was James Taylor, who lives just outside Clendenin. Taylor came to the fire station to pick up six gallons of water. His house had no power, and around Sunday afternoon, it had no water either.
"It's been hot," he said, adding that he's dealt with the heat "pretty good. I've been through it before."
Jim Geary of Clendenin came to the fire station along with his neighbor Matt Ray to get water for his 90-year-old mother-in-law. She didn't have water or power Sunday afternoon.
Geary was appreciative of the fire department for offering help to the town.
"The volunteer fire department has been excellent," he said. "I just want to brag on them and the town in general. My mother-in-law has been out of power since Friday. I go up and see her two or three times a day and take her water."