When the Winnie area in Chambers County, Texas, was seriously impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda and I-10 was shut down, a food truck driver made meals on the interstate for stranded drivers.
At least 200 vehicles became trapped on I-10 after Tropical Storm Imelda hit. One of them belonged to Reggie McCoy.
McCoy was driving an 18-wheeler with a food delivery going to Beaumont. After being stranded on I-10 for more than 36 hours, as his truck was full of food and nowhere to go, McCoy asked his boss if he could share. His boss agreed.
“He was like, ‘Hey, whatever anybody needs. Let’s get it off the truck.’ We’ve got water. We’ve got milk, toilet paper,” explained McCoy.
Then he met Kenny the cook, another stranded driver. McCoy had some chicken, so they managed to get a grill and together prepared it right there on the side of the highway.
McCoy said they were able to feed 30 to 40 people.
Meanwhile, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said the interstate could be closed for several more days.
Deputies have been rescuing stranded drivers. As of Friday afternoon, they had already rescued at least 400 people. They are taking them to a bus and from there, they are taken to a shelter in Winnie.
Hawthorne said they don’t want anyone to be in distress. They have been using airboats and have had two helicopters fly over the area. Officials warn that people will likely have to abandon their cars to get to the shelter.