Wal-Mart notified workers of the closures a couple of hours ahead of time and gave them a packet of information addressing the situation, according to OUR Walmart, a labor group representing the laid-off workers.
In the handout, the company offers workers "stress management tips" to cope with their loss of employment such as avoiding caffeine, chocolate, nicotine, and alcohol.
"Care for yourself by eating well, exercising, and resting when needed," Wal-Mart advises, according to photos of the handout provided to Business Insider by OUR Walmart. (Gawker first reported on the handout).
The handout also encourages workers to seek help from a professional counselor and assures that "difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of being 'hyper-alert' are common and will diminish in time."
The company sheds more light on the plumbing issues in a question-and-answer section of the handout.
"Did these plumbing issues create a healthy or safety concern for customers and associates?" the handout reads. "No. These incidents impact the availability of water and create drainage issues for critical areas of the store, such as the deli sections, which impact our ability to serve customers."