Businesses, Restaurants Start to Reopen 1/14/14
January 14, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Businesses and restaurants have reopened today in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.
They'd been shut down since a chemical spill into a river, which led authorities last Thursday to order that about 300,000 residents stop using tap water for anything other than flushing toilets.
More than a third of the people who get their water supply from the river have been told they can use the water again.
Water distribution stations are continuing to hand out water. And the water company says it could be days before the entire system is back. Officials are lifting the ban slowly, one area at a time, to make sure the water system isn't overwhelmed.
Federal authorities have opened an investigation into the spill. A chemical used in coal processing leaked from a Freedom Industries plant into the nearby Elk River.
Fourteen people who were exposed to the contaminated water were admitted to hospitals. None were in serious condition.