- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Students in parts of southern West Virginia are getting a fifth day off from school due to a chemical spill that tainted the water supply.

The Department of Education’s website shows schools in Boone, Kanawha and Putnam counties are closed Thursday, while some schools are closed in Lincoln County.

The counties are among nine affected by last Thursday’s spill of a chemical used in coal processing from a Freedom Industries facility in Charleston.

Thousands of West Virginia American Water customers are still awaiting word on when they can resume using tap water after flushing out their systems. Those customers remain under a “do not use” order restricting tap water use only to flushing toilets.

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