West Virginia chemical spill leaves 300,000 without tap water
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 00:50
Jan. 10 - President Barack Obama ordered federal aid into West Virginia following a chemical spill into the Elk River, not far from the state's largest water treatment plant. Deborah Gembara reports.
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A chemical spill in West Virginia has left hundreds of thousands without tap water.
Locals are being told not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes. Call centers here are busy and there's a run on bottled water.
SOUNDBITE: C.W. Sigman, Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Manager
"It's going to be unpleasant. We are concerned that people are going to be..find it objectionable. we've had some complaints about eyes burning, things of that nature. Best advice is to stay inside right now until they get this taken care of."
On Friday, President Barack Obama ordered federal aid into the area a day after state officials it declared a state of emergency.
Freedom Industries says a chemical they use to clean coal leaked from one of its tanks into the Elk River -- which isn't far from one of the state's largest treatment plants.
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