29,317 Homes Visited To Date by Water Resource Teams

Contact: See contact information below.

January 20, 2016

Water response teams, bolstered by 95 Michigan National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, distributed water resources to 3,395 Flint homes today. They provided residents with free bottled water, filters, water replacement cartridges and water testing kits.

By tomorrow, additional National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will arrive bringing the total number of National Guard service members to approximately 180 going door-to-door along with water response teams comprised of city, county and state personnel, American Red Cross and volunteers.

To date, 29,317 homes in the City of Flint were either visited by a water response team, or the resident has visited a water resource site to pick up supplies. 

The following resources have been distributed to residents, both at the water resource sites and by water response teams, in addition to donations:

  •          More than 90,300 cases of water
  •          More than 73,200 water filters
  •          More than 19,800 water testing kits

There is a coordinated effort to ensure that each Flint home is provided with a water filter and other water supplies. This data is being collected and mapped in real-time, so water response teams know where to focus their door-to-door efforts.

The State of Michigan has purchased the following resources, since January 5, which will continue to be delivered to Flint over the coming days:

  •          111,630 cases of water
  •          115,700 water filters
  •          61,161 water testing kits

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder submitted an appeal to President Barack Obama following the denial of the major disaster declaration, a move that could potentially bring additional and much-needed resources to help the people of Flint.

In the appeal to President Obama, Snyder said the severity of the disaster warrants special consideration for all categories under the Individual and Public Assistance Programs, as well as the Hazardous Mitigation program in order to facilitate recovery.

Persons wishing to volunteer or provide material, in-kind, or financial donations can visit www.helpforflint.com for more information.  Please note the American Red Cross is no longer able to accept material donations at this time.

Water resource sites remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are located at:

Fire Station #1
310 East 5th St.
Flint, MI 48502

Fire Station #3
1525 Martin Luther King Ave.
Flint, MI 48503

Fire Station #5
3402 Western Road
Flint, MI 48506

Fire Station #6
716 West Pierson Road
Flint, MI 48505

Fire Station #8
202 East Atherton Road
Flint, MI 48507

To enhance the water testing process, Flint residents can drop-off water samples to the five water resource sites. Samples will only be accepted by using the official water testing kits provided at the water resource sites and by the water response teams. 

The State of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with 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

NOTE:   ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER AT 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632).