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Tap water may be out for days after W.Va. spill


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By Saturday morning, FEMA said it had delivered about 50 truckloads of water, or a million liters, to West Virginia.

The water was being distributed to residents at volunteer fire departments, community centers and other sites. No problems were reported at the sites, county emergency officials said.

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"Everybody’s been pretty patient with us," Greg Lay, Boone County emergency services director, said Saturday.

"Like most things that happen, we’re into it enough now that everybody’s ready for it to be over," he said.

At a Kroger near a DuPont plant along the Kanawha River, customers learned the grocery store had been out since early Friday.

Robert Stiver was unable to find water at that and at least a dozen other stores in the area and worried about how he’d make sure his cats had drinkable water.

"I’m lucky. I can get out and look for water. But what about the elderly? They can’t get out. They need someone to help them," he said.

The spill, occurring during flu season, has raised concerns that cases could increase because residents can’t use tap water to wash their hands, Gupta said.

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Associated Press researchers Rhonda Shafner and Monika Mathur in New York and AP writers Jonathan Mattise, Brendan Farrington, Mitch Weiss and John Raby in Charleston; Ray Henry in Atlanta; and John Flesher in Traverse City, Mich., contributed to this report


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