Toledo Water Contaminated By Toxins

State of emergency declared after tests discovered 2.5 times the acceptable amount of microcystins in the water supply.
2:30 | 08/03/14

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We want to move on to another major health the this morning. This one in Toledo, Ohio. Nerve the city has been told not the drink the water. There's a mad dash to stock up on supplies and to fix the problem. Linzie Janis is in toledoetoledo. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. The shelves empty where water once was. This store sold more than 40,000 bottles yesterday. People having to be careful once again while they're brushing teeth and showering not to swallow the water. This morning, nearly 500,000 Toledo residents can't drink from the tap. Ohio's governor declaring a state of emergency after routine testing Friday morning showed the city's water supply was contaminated by microsystins. They can trigger symptoms from vomiting to numbness. They're believed to be produced from this algae bloom. The National Guard delivering bottled whatter from across the state. It's awful. It's been horrible. Reporter: As grocery store shelves cleared out by early morning, some residents faced price gougers, charging up to $15 for a case of water. We've been at target since 8:00 this morning. There was no water on the north side of Toledo. Reporter: Stores and restaurants closed. This man paying it forward. This is all well water. We heard everyone was in trouble. We thought we would help out. Reporter: Overnight, city officials reassuring residents the problem will be solved. It's my hope we don't knee FEMA and we go back in. This is not going to be our new Normal. We're going to fix this. Reporter: Scientists have been working to neutralize the toxins by adding carbons to the water. They've sent out new samples for testing. Those results due back later today. In the meantime, this crisis prompting the city of Chicago to order additional testing on its water supply. Linzie, thank you. Now to the wild weather out west.

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