Light at the end of the tunnel’ for West Virginia water crisis

January 13, 2014 WEST VIRGINIAWest Virginians saw signs of hope Sunday even as 300,000 people spent a fourth day under orders not to use their tap water after a chemical spill. “I believe we’re at a point where we see light at the end of the tunnel,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. Water samples had shown positive signs that traces of a coal-cleaning chemical were slowly fading from the supply for nine counties, he said. There was still no timeline on when residents could use their water again, however, forcing residents and businesses to get creative on how they could safely cook, wash their hands and wash their clothes. In Charleston, restaurants with proper safety plans and the tentative approval of the county health manager were beginning to reopen. Stores that had run out of bottled water had restocked, receiving emergency deliveries from surrounding states. The city’s three Charleston Area Medical Center hospitals were expected to resume scheduled medical procedures on Monday after receiving trucked-in water. Schools were expected to reopen by Tuesday. “It will be my expectation that most businesses will be open tomorrow,” Tomblin told reporters on Sunday. Area churches and other facilities unaffected by the tainted water offered showers for residents who had gone days without bathing.
“I had a person [from Charleston] that was deaf come in and was writing down on a piece of paper that he would like to shower,” said Jeannie Henson, the manager on duty at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington, which was unaffected by the chemical spill. “And the desk clerk here wrote back, ‘Yes, we have rooms where you can shower.’ Yes, it was very touching. He had his family with him.” The hotel, about 50 miles west of the capital, had set aside a floor of rooms for affected West Virginians, and families had been coming in for showers all day, Henson told the Los Angeles Times. At the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot — about 20 miles west of Charleston — there was a two-hour wait for showers. An employee told The Times that the facility was hooked up to a different water supply from the one that had been contaminated by a coal-cleaning chemical, which leaked into the Elk River on Thursday. Ten people have been hospitalized and 169 more treated for possible exposure to 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, the colorless liquid that leaked out of a one-inch hole in a storage tank sitting along the river, state officials said Sunday. The leak was discovered after government officials responded to a complaint about the chemical’s smell Thursday morning, state environmental officials said. –LA Times
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5 Responses to Light at the end of the tunnel’ for West Virginia water crisis

  1. Faye Brown says:

    A bad situation for sure … large size baby wipes come to mind … that’s another option for refreshing the body .. I sort of learned that when we were without water for two week due to a storm .. and the little water we did get was just too precious for bathing … humanity seems to always adapt and survive .


  2. Dennis E. says:

    And it is always good to have three days or more of water stored for emergencies.
    Tap water, stored in quart jars in the refrigerator will last a long time but I rotate mine(about a gallon). You can buy gallon or so jugs, bottle water but you have to safe guard against it being exposed to heat. Heat has an adverse effect on the plastic as it has been reported.


  3. Karen says:

    I live about 50 minutes from Charleston. All the stores in Huntington and even into Ohio ran out of bottled water.


  4. bobby90247 says:

    Well, for those of you that are “conspiracy” theorists, as you can see, there are many ways the government can dispose of us!


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