First Supplies of water reached Charleston at 1 am. Distribution
sites are popping up all over the state in areas unaffected by the shut
down....and people don't know the proper use of the words "effect" and
W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia National Guard is working hard to get
supplies to those affected by the water contamination.
Nine counties are currently under a state of emergency after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning.
A plane was sent to Martinsburg as soon as the state of emergency was declared.
The plane plans to connect with FEMA and have a full supply of water available by Friday morning.
Members of the national guard tell WSAZ.com that they are always prepared for these types of emergencies.
is the same thing that we have done before we did it during the
Derecho, we did it during Sandy, this is what we train for it's not two
weeks a year or one weekend a month this is what train for to happen
many times throughout the year," Mike Cadle, Director of Air Staff.
than 600,000 bottles of water are expected to arrive in Charleston
Friday. The first semi arrived at the Charleston Civic Center about 1
a.m. Friday. The first supplies will go to hospitals and nursing homes.
Then, the rest will be distributed to everyone else affected by the
In Lincoln County, 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com two
water distribution centers will open Friday. The centers will open at 9
a.m. at the Duval and Hamlin fire departments.
The state of
emergency includes West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha,
Cabell, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties.
West Virginia American Water says Culloden water customers are the only
ones affected by the water ban. No other Cabell County customers are
West Virginia American Water says customers on Queen
Shoals PSD, Lincoln PSD, City of Culloden PSD and Reamer Hill are also
impacted by the advisory.
WVAW customers are told not to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing, or bathing.