This photo from the Herald-Dispatch is an example of countless scenes across the region as residents flocked to stores in search of safe water.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for nine counties including Cabell on Thursday night because of a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston. Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum said Culloden is the only area in Cabell County affected by this advisory. Several stores in Cabell County including Walmart on U.S. 60 and Kroger in Barboursville reported selling out of bottled water because of the advisory.