Elk River Chemical Spill

A federal disaster declaration has been issued after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia has left about 300,000 people without water.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

The water alert spans nine counties, including the city of Charleston. Jeff McIntyre is the President of West Virginia American Water:

(McIntyre) "We don't know that the water is not safe, but I can't say 'it is safe'. Don't drink it. You can't just boil it."

That's because a chemical foam from a plant breached containment and wound up in the Elk River. It makes the water smell bad, like cough syrup. Big water tankers have been brought in to distribute water to people.

Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.