LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A leaky container caused a chemical used in the coal preparation process to spill into a nearby river of Charleston, W.V.
The real concern now is how severely the water supply has been contaminated and how long it will take to clean up. A team of volunteers from the Louisville Red Cross are on the way to help.
Rob and Laurie Martin are gearing up for a four hour trip into a disaster zone.
"We are hoping we can help out," Rob Martin said.
The couple has been volunteering for the local Red Cross for a year and a half and this is their first call out of town. The details for what awaits them in West Virginia are still sketchy. But their mission is clear, get clean bottled water to as many people as possible.
" The water has been contaminated and we are going to be moving water around from point a to point b," Rob Martin said.
The truck is empty now, but they'll pick up pallets of water to distribute once they reach the staging area.
This is not the only crew that’s going out. The Red Cross is also dispatching crews from Lexington and Frankfort
"These teams will go out to help with bulk distribution of water, bottles of water, gallons of water, because right now the reports we are hearing is that 9 counties are affected," Amber Youngblood said, a American Red Cross member.
And depending on the need they could be there for days or even weeks