|W. Va. gov declares emergency after chem spill|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for five counties because of a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston.
Tomblin advised residents Thursday not to drink, bathe or cook in the water and to only use it for flushing.
The declaration involves the counties of Kanawha, Boone, Jackson, Lincoln and Putnam.
Officials are not sure what threat the chemical spill poses to humans.
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