WWMT - wwmt.com - Search Results The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available. Chemical spill in West Virginia riverCHARLESTON, West Virginia (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - West Virginia's Governor has declared a state of emergency following a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston. At least 100,000 people are being told not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes using tap water because of the spill. The news prompted schools and restaurants to close and people rushed to grocery stores to buy bottled water. The chemical is used in the coal preparation process, but officials aren't sure what harm it could pose to humans.