Thousands are still without water in West Virginia
January 11, 2014 2:01 PM
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Members of the West Virginia Army National Guard, along with a member of the Belle Police Department and a volunteer, transfer emergency water from a military truck to a forklift as people line up for water.
South Charleston Fire and Rescue Division Assistant Chief Virgil White and firefighter Jeff Kessler stand in the middle of Maccorkle Avenue Friday in South Charleston, W.Va., waiting for another batch of water to come in to a distribution center at the plant in Gestamp, W.Va.
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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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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