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Jan 9
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West Virginia chemical spill triggers state of emergency, water ban

Shelves of water in a Foodland grocery store in Charleston, West Virginia are emptied after water ban notice.
Vasilia Scouras/@VasiliaSD
The Stream (Al Jazeera)

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after a chemical leak in the Elk River Thursday morning contaminated water supplies. Affected residents have been told not to drink, cook, bathe or wash with the contaminated water supplied by West Virginia American Water. 

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