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6 schools close Tuesday in Greenbrier County

Residents in Greenbrer County line up to receive water from tankers at the Fairgrounds of West Virginia. Residents in Greenbrer County line up to receive water from tankers at the Fairgrounds of West Virginia.
Photo taken by Annie Moore Photo taken by Annie Moore

GREENBRIER COUNTY-School officials are closing five schools in Greenbrier County on Tuesday due to the diesel spill that forced the shutdown of water systems in the eastern part of the county.

The following schools will be closed on Tuesday:

  • Frankford Elementary
  • Lewisburg Elementary
  • Ronceverte Elementary
  • Eastern Greenbrier Middle School
  • Greenbrier East High School
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 


The following is updated information on the mass water distribution times and locations: Starting today [Monday] at 7pm both locations will be shut down for the evening. The water tanker at Ronceverte will stay at it's current location. The 2 water tankers at the WV State Fairgrounds free parking will be moved to the National Guard Armory/Readiness Center located on Industrial Dr. in Maxwelton, WV (near the Lewisburg airport). Operations will resume Tuesday morning at 7am in Ronceverte and the new Maxwelton location, and run until 7pm daily. Reminder - people need to bring their own water containers.

MedExpress in Lewisburg will remain open to patients during the water emergency. The center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


Posted by Kathlynn Stone

Listed below are the closings WVVA has received for Monday, January 26, 2015, due to the water crisis:

  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Frankford Elementary, Lewisburg Elementary, Greenbrier East High School, Eastern Greenbrier Middle, and Ronceverte Elementary, Greenbrier  Episcopal 
  • ABB
  • Greenbrier Physicians
  • Dr. Debra Sams
  • Lit'l Rascal's Daycare in Lewisburg
  • Greenbrier Valley Urology Associates in Ronceverte 
  • Jim's Drive In
We will continue to update the closings on our website as they come in to our newsroom. 


Below is information posted by the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management

Due to a diesel fuel spill which required the Lewisburg Water Plant to shut down in order to avoid contamination, the local impact for Monday 1/26/15 is as follows:Water Distribution: water distribution tankers are positioned at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg (free parking), and another one at Island Park in Ronceverte. Hours are 7am to 11pm. Be advised that you will need to bring your own containers to fill up at the tankers.

Food: All food establishments in Lewisburg, Fairlea, and Ronceverte are shutdown as directed by the Greenbrier County Health Department.

Emergencies: In case of emergency, the hospital is open. The RCBC main clinic will be closed on Monday, However they will be seeing "sick visits" at the RCBC Rupert Office for both adults and children.

Schools closed: Greenbrier County Schools- Ronceverte Elem, Lewisburg Elem, Greenbrier East HS, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School; New River Community College, WVSOM

Businesses closed – many local businesses will be closed due to the water shutdown, so check local school and business closure listings for the most current information.

Testing – intensive sampling and testing took place on Sunday and we are awaiting further test results on Monday which will provide a more complete picture of the current contamination status. We do not know how long it will be until water is restored, but we recommend that you prepare for a shortage lasting several days. Fortunately, the water plants themselves have not been contaminated, as the water intakes were shutdown well before any potential contamination. When the test results indicate clear results, the plants will be capable of re-establishing service as quickly as possible.

Thanks to the many organizations which are responding to the clean-up. These include: the EPA, WVDEP, Coast Guard, DOH, WV Bureau of Public Health, National Guard, and several environmental clean-up teams.

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