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Driver of food truck stranded by Imelda shares chicken, milk, tomatoes with fellow flood victims; feeds more than 30 people

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/21/2019 By Muri Assunção, New York Daily News

A truck driver stranded by tropical storm Imelda used his cargo to feed 30 to 40 people who had also fallen victim to the historic rainfall in southeast Texas this week.

Reggie McCoy was driving an 18-wheeler when the storm hit. He was on I-10, in Winnie, Chambers County, on his way to Beaumont to deliver some food and household staples.

When Imelda, the seventh-wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history, made landfall near Freeport, a coastal city located some 80 miles southwest of Winnie, McCoy’s truck was one of 200 vehicles that became trapped in that area.

Speaking to ABC13 via Skype, McCoy said that he was stranded on I-10 for more than 36 hours.

Since he was carrying food in his truck — such as chicken, tomatoes, milk — he decided to ask his boss if he could use the cargo to feed his temporary neighbors.

The boss happily agreed to it: “He was like, ‘Hey, whatever anybody needs. Let’s get it off the truck.’ We’ve got water. We’ve got milk, toilet paper,” McCoy explained.

He then met another stranded driver, who gave his name only as Kenny the Cook, who helped him with the cooking.

"We had chicken wings last night and a few grape tomatoes and chips and milk," McCoy said.

Kenny used a grill, and the two were able to feed people who would otherwise have nothing to eat — Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne has said that closure of the freeway could last for several more days, and the victims are slowly being rescued and taken to a shelter in Winnie.

Kenny the Cook jumped at the opportunity to help: “In 2005, Houston took me in from Katrina, so, I’m just giving back, that’s all,” he told the network

Truck-driver-turned-good-Samaritan McCoy was equally humble: "That’s a no-brainer,” he said. “Everybody is out here in need.”


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