On January 9, 10,000 gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into the Elk River, affecting the water of over 300,000 citizens there. Exposure to the chemicals can result in flu-like symptoms, skin rashes, headaches, and digestive issues for both humans and animals. Though West Virginia lifted the water ban and FEMA has stopped water distribution, the CDC has issued a warning to pregnant women
to continue to avoid it, and citizens are still reporting side effects to health officials, as well as odor and residue associated with the water. The problem extends to the economy of the affected counties, where businesses and schools rely on clean water to operate.