One Million Bottles of Water Head To Florida

Home Depot is sending 45 tractor trailers containing disaster-relief supplies to Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma and pledging even more supplies before the end of the week. 

Millions of Floridians are still without power and thousands more have been displaced by flooding or storm damage. 

Most noteworthy about the supplies is the fact that Home Depot says they include bottled water, selling at $2.97 a case.

That's an entire case of water that costs less than a cup of coffee.

The gesture got a note of thanks from Florida Attorney General Bondi, whose office is working with businesses to help Floridians get much-needed supplies and avoid price gouging.

Bondi's office is also landing with its full weight on the backs of any price-gougers.

“We will go after anyone drastically raising prices to take advantage of Floridians during this state of emergency," Bondi said. "But another way to guard against price gouging is to increase the supply of disaster-related goods in hard hit areas. That is why I am grateful for our good businesses like Home Depot that are rushing essential supplies to Florida and keeping the price of those items stabilized."

The Home Depot trucks are carrying cases of water, plywood, generators, and electrical cords, among other items. 

The supplies are headed to South Florida, and will be sold at normal prices. 

The company says it's shipping additional supplies in the coming days, with more than a million bottles of water expected before the end of the week. 

Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline remains open during this emergency declaration covering all 67 counties. 

The number is 1-866-966-7226.

Citizens can also contact the hotline to report common disaster-related scams, such as: building-repair, tree-removal, water-treatment and charity scams. 

Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period, in addition to other civil penalties that may apply. 

State law also criminalizes the sale of goods and services to the public without possession of an occupational license. Violators of the law can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.


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