Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared an emergency in nine counties of West Virginia after a chemical spilled into the Elk River, affecting at least 100,000 people. The chemical, which is used in coal preparation, leaked from a tank at Freedom Industries and into the river. The contaminated water cannot be used for drinking, bathing, cooking or washing clothes, and the emergency will remain in effect until the water treatment plant has been completely flushed. Tomblin asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help supply bottled water, but residents have already begun stripping store shelves.