Thousands are still without water in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thousands of people in nine West Virginia counties remain under order not to use water, and the timeline for when it will be lifted is still unknown.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office announced that it will hold a press briefing today at 2:30 p.m. to update residents under the state and federal disaster declarations in the affected counties: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane.

Residents were out refilling water supplies at grocery stores and water distribution sites in the region, and some placed containers outside to collect rainwater from morning rainstorms.

"I got my bucket sitting out in the rain," said Shirley Parliament,

56. "I'm waiting for Mother Nature to help out."

A filling center at a shopping plaza in Elkview, just outside Charleston, opened at 7 a.m. Saturday. Sue Cottrell pushed a shopping cart of empty containers outside the tanker and waited her turn.

"There's no use in worrying," Ms. Cottrell, 74, said. "It could have been worse."

A spokeswoman with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press that 32 people have gone to hospitals in the area with symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, and four were admitted to a local hospital.

About 300,000 people are well into their third day without water they can use to wash even dishes or clothes.

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