Three more Kanawha schools closed with water concerns

CHARLESTON (AP) — Three elementary schools in Charleston are dismissing students early after reports of licorice smelling water.

Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says staff in Watts, J.E. Robins, and Overbrook elementary schools reported a licorice smell Thursday.

Cordeiro says Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring has asked staff to be diligent in reporting concerns after last month’s Elk River chemical spill. She says students are being sent home in an abundance of caution. Water at the schools will be flushed and tested again.

Riverside High and Midland Trail Elementary schools were closed Wednesday after similar reports. Cordeiro says two of three water sample tests at these schools have come back clean, and they are awaiting results of a third sample.

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