Emergency Operations Continue During Winter Storm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

February 24, 2016                           

Release #: 44

FLINT, Mich. – Flint water emergency operations will continue throughout the winter storm expected to affect Genesee County and city of Flint from today and into Thursday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility up to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow in the Flint area. Travel on area streets and roads will become hazardous and snow removal will be difficult Wednesday afternoon and evening.

“The State of Michigan is fully committed to the emergency operations taking place in the city of Flint,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “I have directed essential employees to remain at the State Emergency Operations Center and Water Response Sites to ensure Flint residents have access to the supplies they need.”

The Water Resource Sites will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the winter storm. The city of Flint is working to keep roads salted and plowed around the sites to ensure residents can access resources.

Residents are encouraged to visit a Water Resource Site to obtain bottled water, cartridges and filters before conditions worsen. Additional water and other resources will be provided upon request so residents do not have to travel in the severe weather to obtain additional supplies.

Resources can be obtained at any of the following locations:

Fire Station #1 (also a water bottle recycling site)

310 East 5th St.

Fire Station #3

1525 Martin Luther King Ave.

Fire Station #5 (also a water bottle recycling site)

3402 Western Road

Fire Station #6

716 West Pierson Road

Fire Station #8 (also a water bottle recycling site)

202 East Atherton Road

Residents are encouraged to monitor local news media for up-to-date weather reports and local emergency information. For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency, visit the MSP/EMHSD on the Web at www.michigan.gov/miready or Twitter at @MichEMHS.

The State of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with federal agencies, the city of Flint, Genesee County and local community organizations.

Additional information is available at www.michigan.gov/flintwater, by calling 211 or visiting www.helpforflint.com.

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NOTE:   ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER AT 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632). FOR FLINT WATER EMERGENCY DONATION INFORMATION, GO TO www.helpforflint.com