Kanawha County Deputies Report to Several Fights and Disturbances after Chemical Leak

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says they have responded to more than two dozen fights after a chemical leak reported in Charleston earlier this week.

The chemical leak led to a do not use water order for West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties.

That was followed by a bottled water shortage at grocery stores and gas stations across several parts of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

Deputies say since the Thursday, there have been 27 reports of fights or disturbances between individuals seeking water in Kanawha County.

Deputies say there were no records of any arrests from the incidents. There were also no reports of anyone being injured or transported for treatment.

They say most of the law enforcement response consisted of crowd control.

Metro 911 reports that from 5:30 p.m. Thursday until 5:30 p.m. Friday, they received about 1850 calls. On average, the center receives about 700 calls during a similar time period. Most of the callers were seeking information, not reporting information.

Thursday evening, Metro 911 says they received nearly three dozen requests for ambulance due to someone coming in contact or drinking water. Most of those calls ended with medics checking patients at the scene. They say three children were transported tot he hospital at the parents' request.

As of Saturday, deputies say most water emergency related events have been disabled or elderly people requesting water for medical reasons, like running medical machines, or needing water to take medication.

The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority has been assisting with distributing water throughout the county to these people in need.

Deputies report that there was a minor crash Saturday involving a truck delivering water. They say it happened shortly after 12 p.m. at the Malden overpass of US Route 60. Deputies say the weight of the water allowed the truck and trailer to travel through the underpass. But without the weight, when the truck went back through, it go stuck. The crash caused damage to the top of the trailer.

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