Shoppers at the Kroger on Charleston's West Side -- and at other stores throughout the region -- loaded their carts, baskets and arms with bottled water after residents in eight counties were told Thursday not to drink, wash with or cook with water provided by West Virginia American Water. A chemical leak into the Elk River, near the water company's treatment facility, prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency in Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Jackson and Lincoln counties.
A Freedom Industries worker places a boom in the Elk River at the site of a chemical leak that has fouled the drinking water in five West Virginia counties.
Jack Dent Jr. and his father, Jack Dent Sr., were among those who stocked up on bottled water at the Spring Street Foodland in Charleston on Thursday night.
At George Washington High School in Charleston, people were warned away from water fountains on Thursday evening.