Urgent Health Warning Across West Virginia: Don't Drink the Water

Chemical spill has rendered the water dangerous even for brushing your teeth.
3:00 | 01/10/14

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Transcript for Urgent Health Warning Across West Virginia: Don't Drink the Water
Tonight, 300,000 people told -- do not drink the tap water in your home, do not bathe in it, do not brush your teeth with it, because dangerous chemicals may be seeping in and today, stores in west virginia are selling out of bottled water. This woman in charleston. Abc's susan saulny has what happened and the very latest. She is there. Reporter: Thousands of people waiting in line in cars, on foot. All for a few jugs of water. Water fountains and sinks tapped up. Restaurants closed. Schools shut down. A rentalon paralyzed. The crisis began yesterday, when a toxic leaked out of a bottom of a storage tank. It never overflowed into the elk river. One mile north of the water treatment plant that splice the drinking water for 300,000 people. Do not drink, cook with it, do not take a bath in it. Reporter: The advisory set off a run-off to stores. Today, frustration building. The water is gone. Reporter: She was turned away and had to drive miles just for two jugs. Some thing but not enough. You got two jugs but it's not nearly enough. No. Reporter: She takes us home. Unwashed dishes piling up. My dishwater is filled with clean dishes. I can't use them. Reporter: While the chemical con tame nating the water here, could cause nausea, vomiting, headaches and rashes. The chemical plants has ceased operation. A federal investigation is under way. They'll get some relief. In line waiting for water, this is the scene that we found all around the charleston area, how many more days will they have to put up with this frustration waiting in line just to get clean water sf. Susan we have been waiting for that answer, no one knows when the water will be cleaned or to bathe in. We turn next to another big story in the news, the retail

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