Lexington Red Cross volunteers heading to West Virginia

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is sending volunteers to West Virginia to assist with a chemical spill.
The Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) left Lexington for Charleston Friday morning.

A chemical spilled in the Elk River in Charleston, affecting about 300,000 people. The spill shut down much of the city and surrounding counties. West Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency.

Residents were warned not to bathe with, cook with, or consume the water.

"As I understand it, they can't drink it. They can't take a bath in it. They can't wash anything in it, so we'll be hauling a lot of fresh water," explained Red Cross volunteer Germaine O'Connell, "when you go out on a deployment, you just don't understand how appreciative they are of everything we do, it's worth going."

Kentucky American Water customers are not affected by the spill. However, leaders there have reached out to West Virginia American Water leaders to see if they can provide help and assistance to their sister company.

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