January 10th, 2014
02:21 AM ET

WV chemical spill contaminates water supply

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency Thursday evening for nine counties after a utility said that its water supply was contaminated.

White House followed with an emergency declaration of its own, allowing the state to receive federal help with the water emergency.

"West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged NOT to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing," Tomblin said. "Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes and schools."

Efforts are under way to provide alternative sources.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Juan Jiminez

    Ok CNN. What was the contaminate?

    January 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    "And the rest of y'all are on your own!"

    January 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Juan Jiminez

    4-methylcyclohexane methanol is what was spilled

    January 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Isnt that also toxic in the air @ Juan??? No more gardens either, probably for many years to come! And i imagine all existing vegetation trees, grass etc. will also be greatly affected. This is a total disaster all the way around.

    January 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cody satterwhite

    i feel horrible for some ppl in charleston.

    January 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cody satterwhite

    hope this gets fixed.

    January 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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    Friends go to country my...i and friends move like give your time ..

    April 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |