(David McNew/Getty Images file)

An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia has also started to churn out cans of water, which will be distributed to those affected by flooding in the Southwest.

That’s according to NBC News, which reports that 50,000 cans filled with drinking water will come out of the plant in Cartersville, a facility located about 57 miles from Atlanta.

“Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer,” Rob Haas, the Cartersville brewery manager, told NBC News.

The effort comes after Texas and Oklahoma were slammed by a deadly series of storms. At least 24 people have died in the two states, according to the Associated Press, and several people remain missing in Texas. Another 13 were killed in Ciudad Acuna when a tornado struck the Mexican border city.

[After 20 inches of rain, Texas and Oklahoma deserve a break. It’s coming.]

Reports NBC:

The Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water a few times a year, Haas said, partnering with the American Red Cross to provide to places in need within the United States.

“It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period,” he said.

In a news release, Anheuser-Busch said it planned to provide “2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans.”

“Relief workers and people in the region are in need of safe, clean drinking water, and Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to produce and ship large quantities of emergency drinking water,” Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. “Our local distributors help identify those communities most in need, and work with relief organizations such as the American Red Cross to make sure the water gets where it’s needed.”

The company said it had donated “more than 73 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters” since 1988. The Cartersville brewery packages and ships all of the company’s emergency water donations, Anheuser-Busch noted in March.

The 900,000-square-foot facility typically ships about 250 truckloads of beer each day, the company said.

[Two days of torrential rain creates flooding nightmare in the Houston area]

Below you can find more pictures from Texas and Oklahoma from earlier this week.


Linda Balas looks at the remains of a vacation home in Wimberley, Tex., on Thursday. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Residents wade through knee-deep water as they leave their homes in Hardin, Tex., on Thursday. (Jason Fochtman/Conroe Courier via AP)

Floodwater from the San Jacinto River covers a road beside the highway Thursday in the Houston suburb of Kingwood. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

A house built on pillars is surrounded by flood water from the San Jacinto River on Thursday in Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

This post has been updated.

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