WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Kanawha County Commissioner Said Now Is Not Time To Place Blame Over Water Crisis

Reported: Jan. 10, 2014 10:31 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 10, 2014 12:47 PM EST
News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said now is not the time to place blame for a chemical leak that has led to a water crisis.

Carper said at a news conference on Friday in Charleston that the priorities right now are taking care of 300,000 people who do not have water and responding to potential health threats.

The commissioner said Metro 911 received 9,000 calls in a four or five-hour period after the leak at Freedom Industries on Barlow Drive. He said four or five people were transported by ambulance.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, the distribution of water to nursing homes and hospitals began, Carper said. He said officials are setting up water distribution sites in the county to provide water to residents.

Carper said now is the time to "take care of your family and if you do have a health issue, call 911."

The commissioner echoed comments from Charleston Mayor Danny Jones who said he just wants to know when the water would be OK to use.

"We'd like to know how long this going to go on," Carper said.

Jones said people want answers.

"The folks out there who go to work every day and are just normal citizens would like to see an end to this," Jones said.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- West Virginia American Water's president described the water company's treatment process as "robust," but he said it was overwhelmed by the chemical leak in the Elk River that led to a massive do-not-use-the-water advisory.

"We are reacting to an event," company President Jeff McIntyre said during a news conference in Charleston on Friday. "It's a spill that happened from an industrial facility upriver. It's not the normal thing we do."

McIntyre said he did not know how much of the chemical got into the distribution system. He said he does not believe it will react to any agents the company currently uses to treat water.

When asked if the company is overwhelmed by the event, he said, "We don't feel helpless. We feel impacted."

McIntyre described the company's staff as water professionals who would deal with the situation.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre said Friday that the chemical that leaked into the Elk River and then got into the company's water distribution system will be analyzed by a Army National Guard mobile unit to determine the risk assessment to the water supply.

"We don't know if it's unsafe, but I don't know if it's safe," McIntyre said during a news conference in Charleston.

A chemical leak on Thursday at Freedom Industries on Barlow Drive near Charleston seeped into the Elk River and then into the water company's distribution system. It prompted West Virginia American to issue a do-not-use-water advisory to customers in Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties. The Culloden area of Cabell County also was placed under the advisory.

McIntyre did not give a timeline when customers might be able to use the water again, but he did emphasize that service would not be restored all at once.

"We may be able to put customers back in a zone. I don't think we'll be able to do the system as a whole," he said.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones asked on behalf of all the residents who are at their homes without water or perhaps staying in a hotel, how long it would be before the water could be used.

McIntyre said he realizes that is the big question that he just cannot answer now.

"Once we get analytical, quantitative data, we'll have a better idea of what we are dealing with," he said.

McIntyre also gave a timeline about when the company first learned about the leak leading up to the time the advisory to not use the water was issued. He said the company learned about the leak from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection about noon Thursday. The public learned about the advisory at a news conference at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Police Investigating West Side Shooting
News
Apr. 23, 2014 11:50 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) -- Police were investigating ...
Full News Story

Judge Bars Plants And Office From Handling Certain Domestic Violence Cases
News
Apr. 23, 2014 6:51 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - Kanawha County Circuit ...
Full News Story and Video

Mullens Girls Gather Donations For Charleston Orphanage
News
Apr. 23, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – Christmas ...
Full News Story and Video


News Potential Layoff Notices Worry Miners In Boone County
Apr. 23, 2014 6:44 PM EDT
News 85th Habitat Home Dedicated In Cabell County
Apr. 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT
News Police Say Bystander Wounded In Shooting On Charleston's West Side
Apr. 23, 2014 10:57 PM EDT
News Local Team Headed To National Cheerleading Competition
Apr. 23, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
News Logan County Woman Reported Missing
Apr. 23, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Teenage Girl Killed In Boone County Crash
Apr. 23, 2014 10:58 PM EDT
News Plaintiff In EPA Lawsuit Endorses Lane For Congress
Apr. 23, 2014 9:28 PM EDT
News WV Democrats Call on Jenkins To Condemn Ryan Budget
Apr. 23, 2014 8:50 PM EDT
News Search Called Off In Reported Plane Crash In Kanawha; Plane Lands Safely At Yeager
Apr. 23, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
News Police Say Three Arrested In Huntington Drug Bust
Apr. 23, 2014 10:34 PM EDT
News Kanawha Judge Bars Kanawha Prosecutor, His Office From Prosecuting Certain Cases
Apr. 23, 2014 3:07 PM EDT
News Winfield Getting Multi-Million Dollar Sewer Plant
Apr. 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT
News McDowell Families Displaced After Homes Deemed Unsafe
Apr. 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT
News Crews Say Progress Made Fighting New River Gorge Fire
Apr. 23, 2014 6:33 PM EDT
News Obama Administration Tightening Coal Dust Limits To Curb Black Lung
Apr. 23, 2014 5:05 PM EDT
News Motorcycle Rider Taken To Hospital Following Crash
Apr. 23, 2014 3:33 PM EDT
News McDowell Education Program Gets $300,000 AT&T Grant
Apr. 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT
News Capito Asks CDC About Inhaling MCHM
Apr. 23, 2014 3:36 PM EDT
News Marshall University Approves Budget, Tuition Increase
Apr. 23, 2014 3:37 PM EDT
News WV Group Wants Family Resource Funding Restored
Apr. 23, 2014 3:13 PM EDT
News Health Officials Say They Can't Definitively Tie Health Effects To Spill
Apr. 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Officials Promote Saturday's Drug Take-Back Day
Apr. 23, 2014 1:13 PM EDT
News Kanawha Magistrate Ward Harshbarger Faces Ethics Charges
Apr. 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Road In Lawrence County, Ohio, To Face Intermittent Closures For Debris Removal
Apr. 23, 2014 11:19 AM EDT
News Man Charged With Stealing Credit Card From Elderly Victim
Apr. 23, 2014 11:23 AM EDT
News Suspect Accused Of Forging Prescriptions In Scioto County
Apr. 23, 2014 11:28 AM EDT
News Two Pedestrians Struck By Vehicle In Floyd County
Apr. 23, 2014 11:11 AM EDT
News Boil Water Advisory In Effect In Clay County
Apr. 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
News Flags Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Mick Staton
Apr. 23, 2014 9:19 AM EDT
News Elephants To Chow Down At Annual Feast Thursday In Charleston
Apr. 23, 2014 9:22 AM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Challenge to Harrison Power Plant deal rejected

The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the Public Service Commission's approval of a $1.1 billion deal for the sale of the Harrison Power Station.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Full Story

Ohio News
Correction officer released by Ohio jail inmates

A correction officer taken hostage by three inmates at an Ohio county jail has been released unharmed, and the inmates have been taken to a maximum-security facility.
Full Story

PREVIOUS NEWS: NOV | CURRENT







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.