Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 10, 2014

Hotel offers showers following W.Va. spill


Associated Press

HUNTINGTON — A hotel in Huntington is offering free showers for people affected by a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston.

Pullman Plaza general manager Anna Pope says the hotel has set aside several rooms where people can shower. The hotel asks that people bring their own towels and toiletries.

Pope says the hotel also will open its lunch buffet Saturday so people can eat as well as shower. The buffet normally is closed on Saturday.

After the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the river, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered customers of West Virginia American Water in nine counties not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.

Huntington is about 50 miles west of Charleston and isn’t affected by the spill.