CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a State of Emergency yesterday for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties. This declaration follows a notice from West Virginia American Water Company that its water supply had become contaminated. Residents served by Lincoln PSD, Queen Shoals PSD, Reamer PSD, City of Culloden PSD, and City of Hurricane PSD are also affected.
"West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged NOT to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing," Gov. Tomblin said. "Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. I've been working with our National Guard and Office of Emergency Services in an effort to provide water and supplies through the county emergency services offices as quickly as possible."
Jackson County Schools will be closed on Friday January 10 and serve as watering stations to aide surrounding affected counties.
Reportedly, the only affected areas in Jackson County are Middle Fork and Allen Fork at the Southern tip of the County. Even then, only customers of American Water Company are directly affected. The remaining residents of Jackson County are not affected, as their water source does not link to the Elk River.
According to the Jackson County Board of Education, bottled water is being delivered to Kenna Elementary School and is available to affected residents from the counties stated above.