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West Virginia governor declared a state of emergency in five counties on Thursday after a chemical leak contaminated the Elk River, affected tens of thousands of people and forced schools and restaurants to close. [Update 7: 25. m. PST Jan.
9. the governor extended the declaration to nine counties. ]
Worried shoppers poured into stores to find bottled water after the government.
"Emergency: Don't use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing," Earl Ray totogin said on Twitter.
"It seems that many shops are gone by night.
According to the Kanava county bureau of homeland security and emergency response, chemical leaks come from free industrial coal treatment facilities outside Charleston. [Update, 6:53 p. m. PST Jan.
9: leak, this is the first report at 11: 40m.
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Tom Aluise, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, told The Times that the gallon tank.
"All we know is that they found a hole in the tank and the material is leaking," Aluise said . ".
"We don't know how that hole came from.
Aluise said: "The free industrial facility is by the river, about a mile from the water treatment facility where chemicals pollute tap water.
It is not clear how many chemicals are leaking, Aluise said.
After the discovery, he said, officials drained the rest of the tank, cleaned up the leaked materials in the facility, and placed a water absorbing boom on the river.
"We don't think it will go to the River anymore," Aluise said of the chemical . ".
The biggest concern about the substance, he added, is whether people drink it.
"The material is almost floating on the surface of the water, it is floating downstream and will eventually dissipate, but you can't actually go in and remove it," he said . ". ]
The agency said at an earlier press conference, "the leaked product is 4-
Methanol, used in the foam flotation process of coal washing and preparation.
The product was initially leaked to the containment area and then the product was leaked from the containment area into the river.
"According to the West Virginia American Water Company, the Elk River carries this chemical and pollutes the water supply in the Kanava Valley.
Water supplier issues "no use" order to eight County customers [Update 6: 53. m. PST Jan.
9: and a town in the ninth county]
And said: "It is not safe to use water for any purpose.
The president of the company told The Associated Press that it could affect as many as 100,000 customers.
Residents of Charleston reported that the chemical smelled like licorice. [Update 7: 25. m. PST Jan.
"Now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes and schools," the governor said . ".
"In a statement, totogin said.
"I have been working with our National Guard and emergency services office to try to provide water and supply through the county emergency services office as soon as possible. ”]
Even before the governor's statement, some West Virginia had guessed the problem.
Alan's homemade restaurant in downtown Charleston has just been closed in case of a leak.
Employees say that h2o tastes like licorice.
Okay, does anyone else think it smells like black licorice in the city center? The Kanawha-
According to local media reports, the Charleston Health Department ordered the closure of local restaurants, bars and schools for fear of contaminated water.
County emergency officials urged calm as the warnings sparked a water boom at grocery stores, which had run out of water supply by Thursday night.
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It is located in West Charles Tong, waterswoff, with a chemical leak. twitter.
The Target employee said that there was no water in the location of the tracking fork.
People are still in line, hoping to have more bottles in the back.
In the madness of the South, we got the last two boxes of water at Home Depot, and the chemical leak contaminated the water in our area.
The general dollar near my house is out of water. pic. twitter.
Com/iwvr5ulybit is not clear how many chemical leaks are in the facilities of the free industry and how dangerous it is for people.
The company, a chemical supplier, said on its website that its Charleston plant has a storage capacity of 4 million gallons and "can handle a large number of chemicals quickly and economically.
"Material safety sheet according to different companies, TCI Chemicals, 4-
Methanol is a colorless liquid that can be harmful if inhaled or ingested.
Officials are not sure when it might be safe to use the water again, according to the Charleston Gazette.
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