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Eastern Panhandle Help Neighbors With Water Relief

Even with the water ban slowly lifting, people in West Virginia are still in need of clean water. Folks in the Eastern Panhandle are reaching out to help their neighbors.
WHAG NEWS - Even with the water ban slowly lifting, people in West Virginia are still in need of clean water. Folks in the Eastern Panhandle are reaching out to help their neighbors. 

Even though most of the zone have been cleared at this point, there are still around 100,000 people without clean water. That means they still can't drink, cook or clean. So members of the 167th Airlift Wing Division of the National Guard out of Martinsburg were packing up trucks bright and early Thursday morning, to bring down to the Charleston area. 

They've been out since Sunday, after Senator Unger called and asked for help. They've already taken two trips to Charleston with trucks full of essentials like water and also baby wipes, microwaveable meals and sanitizer. 

Now they aren't actually taking any more donations, the last trucks left at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, but the focus remains on helping the people in need. 

"Our focus has been on the outreach and the community support to get supplies that are needed down there. We'll let the legislators hammer out that side of it, but it's clearly important," said Bob Kutcher, West Virginia Water Relief. 

Officials say the goal is to prevent this type of chemical spill from happening in the future. Senator Unger is introducing legislation that will amend West Virginia's current Water Protection Act. Senator Unger went into legislative session at 11 a.m. Thursday morning to introduce a senate bill that will require all above ground holding containers with liquids to be registered and inspected. 
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