National Guard to Deliver Water to Affected Areas

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia National Guard is working hard to get supplies to those affected by the water contamination.

Nine counties are currently under a state of emergency after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning.

A plane was sent to Martinsburg as soon as the state of emergency was declared.

The plane plans to connect with FEMA and have a full supply of water available by Friday morning.

Members of the national guard tell that they are always prepared for these types of emergencies.

"This is the same thing that we have done before we did it during the Derecho, we did it during Sandy, this is what we train for it's not two weeks a year or one weekend a month this is what train for to happen many times throughout the year," Mike Cadle, Director of Air Staff.

More than 600,000 bottles of water are expected to arrive in Charleston Friday. The first semi arrived at the Charleston Civic Center about 1 a.m. Friday. The first supplies will go to hospitals and nursing homes. Then, the rest will be distributed to everyone else affected by the emergency.

In Lincoln County, 911 Dispatchers tell two water distribution centers will open Friday. The centers will open at 9 a.m. at the Duval and Hamlin fire departments.

The state of emergency includes West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Cabell, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties. West Virginia American Water says Culloden water customers are the only ones affected by the water ban. No other Cabell County customers are affected.

West Virginia American Water says customers on Queen Shoals PSD, Lincoln PSD, City of Culloden PSD and Reamer Hill are also impacted by the advisory.

WVAW customers are told not to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing, or bathing.

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