A toxin discovery in Lake Erie has Toledo, Ohio residents scrambling for safe drinking water while officials await the latest water testing results. Nathan Frandino reports.
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About 400,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio are still without safe drinking water following the discovery of high toxin levels produced by algae on Lake Erie.
A ban is in place until city health officials can declare the water drinkable again.
(SOUNDBITE) TOLEDO MAYOR MICHAEL COLLINS SAYING:
"I am not going to take any chances with this community's well being and health."
Drinking the water can cause diarhea and nausea.
...and while they wait for the latest test results, residents are trying to cope.
(SOUNDBITE) UNNAMED RESIDENT SAYING:
"You can't wash dishes. You can't wash up. You can't cook. It's hell."
Many stores have already sold out of bottled water.
(SOUNDBITE) OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH SAYING:
"Everybody stay cool, stay calm and will get through this, we will learn from this."
Officials say a plan is in place to swiftly flush the system of contaminated water once the water is deemed safe.
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