Kentucky volunteers go to West Virginia to help after chemical spill

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Two volunteers from the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross have gone to West Virginia to help deliver water to neighborhoods after Thursday's chemical spill. Winn Stephens, Red Cross spokesman in Lexington, said other volunteers might be called to serve.

Officials from the Kentucky Department of Public Health have contacted their counterparts in West Virginia to let them know help is available, said Gwenda Bond, a health department spokeswoman. She said Friday afternoon that no requests for assistance have been received, but that it is early in the process.

Kentucky has helped victims of disasters in other states before, she said, most notably when hundreds of victims of Hurricane Katrina came to the Bluegrass in 2005.

Kentucky American Water, which supplies water to Central Kentucky, announced Friday that its water supply was not affected by the spill.

Mary Meehan

mmeehan1@herald-leader.com

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