Toxins in water force state of emergency in Toledo
By JOHN SEEWER, The Associated Press
Sharon Green loads bottled water into her car she bought after Toledo warned residents not to use its water, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio. About 400,000 people in and around Ohio's fourth-largest city were warned not to drink or use its water after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie. (AP Photo John Seewer)
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor is declaring a state of emergency in northwest Ohio, where about 400,000 people are being warned not to drink the water.Toledo officials issued the warning Saturday after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie.The warning is affecting several suburbs of Toledo as well as a few areas in southeastern Michigan.Toledo leaders say they are setting up water distribution centers around Ohio's fourth-largest city. Most stores around Toledo and beyond have run out of bottled water.Gov. John Kasich's emergency order will allow the state to begin bringing water into the Toledo area.Toledo's mayor says it's too early to know how long the water advisory will stay in place. More tests are being done and results are expected later Saturday.
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