Free generator rumor had many lining up

September 20, 2008 12:09:33 PM PDT
Long lines began early this morning after there were rumors of a free generator giveaway in southeast Houston.ROAD TO RECOVERY: Breaking news on Ike | POD locations | Person locator | Local gas station report | Hurricane guide | Viewer photos of Ike | Latest power numbers

Apparently, a free generator announcement was made on three radio stations: 97.9, 92.1 and 102.1 at the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center at Wilmington and Cullen.

Other groups from the city of Houston and Kroger's joined in to give things, but this was organized by the radio stations. There were no generators at the multi-center and that was quite a disappointment to the 3,000 to 4,000 people who showed up.

They were lined up around the multi-center along with a lot of traffic on Reed Road with folks trying to get the site. They do have MREs (meals ready to eat), water, ice and food that Kroger's brought in. But many said they could have gotten those supplies from designated PODs.

There was some confusion as to how many generators were promised. Many people said they heard it on the radio that there were supposed to be hundreds of generators given out. There were fliers with info stating that generators would be handed out for free.

Eyewitness News has learned that there were only few generators that have already been designated to people.

There has been no protest from the big crowds, just a lot of disappointed people waiting for what is being handed out at the site.

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