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


First Residents Begin Flushing Systems

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 12:34 AM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) – Eyewitness News stopped by homes in the East End and in Kanawha City to see if anyone had trouble once their water was flowing once again. We found a strange blue goo in one home and sediment in the cold water in another home.

Overall, though, most people told us the transition back on, was a smooth one.

The sound of running water was something Brad McCormick has not heard in nearly a week in his kitchen sink.

"Cold water had more of a color,” he said. “Hot water had more of a smell,"

First, he said, he ran his hot water.

“There was a bit of an odor to it," he said.

Then, he ran his cold water for five minutes as instructed. Like most people in the area, his dishes have piled up. He flushed extensively before washing them.

"The cold water was the one that actually had some brown water to it,” McCormick said. “A little bit of discoloration, we did longer than the five minutes."

McCormick already had 40 gallons of water and supplies stored in his basement, so he told us felt pretty solid when the crisis hit. He had plenty of water for his wife, kids and dog. And even though they can cook again, they're happy to eat out, to give restaurants back some of the business they lost.

"We're gonna go frequently, and tip them decent," he said.

Eamon Hardiman followed all the steps to flush his pipes.

"Kept doing it over and over and over again and the water just kept coming up blue," she said.

But then it left a gritty paste in his bathtub.

"I wound up flushing for hours and it's still blue, still kept coming-up blue," Hardiman said. "Basically there's so much of this stuff we've collected, in bottles here, and it just sticks to the side of the bottle. I'd love to take a shower, that's what I've been waiting to do this whole time. This water's clearly unsafe, I don't want to drink it, I don't want to bathe in it."

Hardiman called the water company and they told him not to use it for anything until it runs through free and clear of any color or sediment.

Chances are, he’s not alone. There are still plenty of zones left, but, in only 48 hours, things have been moving pretty swiftly. Officials are asking everyone to be patient, They said we will all have clean water, but it could be a couple days to several days for everyone to have their water on.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Firefighter Hopefuls Show Off Skills
News
Apr. 17, 2014 5:20 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Fallon Pierson) -- Ever wondered ...
Full News Story

Coal Train Cars Derail In Mercer County
News
Apr. 17, 2014 5:19 PM EDT
ROCK, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) -- A dozen cars ...
Full News Story

Barlow Drive Closed For Pothole Repair
News
Apr. 17, 2014 5:18 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) -- A Charleston ...
Full News Story


News Man Charged With Huntington Murder Is Caught In Ky.
Apr. 17, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
News SUV Pulled From Ohio River In Point Pleasant Area Matches Description Of Stolen Vehicle
Apr. 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
News U.S. 60 Closed Following Fatal Accident Near St. Albans
Apr. 17, 2014 4:16 PM EDT
News Morrisey Seeks Dismissal Of Charleston Challenge To WV Gun Law
Apr. 17, 2014 5:36 PM EDT
News Rock Slide Closes WV Route 20 Near Hinton
Apr. 17, 2014 3:05 PM EDT
News Kanawha Deputies Investigating After Woman Says Gun Pointed At Her
Apr. 17, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
News Controversy Over Plants' Domestic Violence Allegations Starting To Affect Kanawha Court Cases
Apr. 17, 2014 1:40 PM EDT
News "Streaky" The Eagle Dies From Injuries
Apr. 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT
News Former Junior ROTC Instructor Linked In Sex Case Allowed Visitation For His Minor Children, Grandchildren
Apr. 17, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
News Suspicious Backpack Found Near Qdoba At Dudley Farms Plaza Turns Out To Be Harmless
Apr. 17, 2014 11:09 AM EDT
News Wayne County Judge Overturns Man's 1989 Murder, Malicious Wounding Convictions
Apr. 17, 2014 2:34 PM EDT
News Two People Injured In Jackson County Fire
Apr. 17, 2014 10:03 AM EDT
News New Pikeville Office To Help Entrepreneurs
Apr. 17, 2014 10:12 AM EDT
News WV State Police Says Investigation Of Wetzel County Arson Probe Progressing
Apr. 17, 2014 9:30 AM EDT
News Huntington Police Crack Down On Drug Problem
Apr. 16, 2014 11:52 PM EDT
News Police Make Another Raid At Transit Mall
Apr. 16, 2014 11:35 PM EDT
News Fire Reported At Assisted Living Facility In Greenup County
Apr. 16, 2014 11:12 PM EDT
News WCHS To Host Town Hall Meeting On Lessons Learned From Water Crisis
Apr. 16, 2014 11:44 PM EDT
News Poll Shows Tie In Ohio Governor's Race
Apr. 17, 2014 9:13 AM EDT
News New Contact Visit Ban Enacted For Regional Jails In West Virginia
Apr. 16, 2014 9:59 PM EDT
News Heated Debate Sparked About Corporal Punishment In Wake Of Plants Investigation
Apr. 17, 2014 9:16 AM EDT
News Police Say Man Charged After SUV Rams House In Charleston
Apr. 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT
News Huntington High Hosts Q&A For 3rd District Candidates
Apr. 16, 2014 6:39 PM EDT
News Search For Vehicle In River Near Point Pleasant To Resume Thursday
Apr. 16, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
News Parents Of Girl Who Shot Brother To Be Placed On Home Confinement
Apr. 16, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
News Judge Stays Most Of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling
Apr. 16, 2014 3:25 PM EDT
News Ky. Lawmakers Finish Work Highlighted By Budget
Apr. 16, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
News WV Official Says $2 Million In Chemical Spill Response Costs Reimbursable
Apr. 16, 2014 3:46 PM EDT
News Rahall Raises $324,000 In 3rd District Race; Jenkins $194,000; Ojeda $15,800
Apr. 16, 2014 11:31 PM EDT
News Energy State Democrats In Senate Races Split From Obama
Apr. 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
W.Va. AG court filings: dismiss gun law question

The attorney general says a court challenge should be dismissed over whether West Virginians can bring guns to city recreational facilities that hold school events.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Ex-AD pleads guilty to stealing from Ky. college

A former Northern Kentucky University athletic director has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the school.
Full Story

Ohio News
Ohio man gets prison time for grandmother's death

A central Ohio man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 90-year-old grandmother has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
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.