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W.Va. distributes water in areas affected by spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says water is being distributed in areas affected by a chemical spill in the Elk River.

Tomblin says the main focus is hospitals, nursing homes and residents who are the most vulnerable. The distribution will continue until the issue is resolved.

After the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the river, Tomblin ordered customers of West Virginia American Water in nine counties not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.

Seven water distribution sites opened in Kanawha County on Friday.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman W.C. Wertz says the company will provide several truckloads of water for distribution.

Putnam Aging assistant nutrition director Luann Willis says her agency is distributing drinking water through its nutrition program to residents in Putnam County.

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