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Nearly 4,000 Flint Homes Visited Today by Water Response Teams
January 16, 2016
Residents Can Drop-off Water Samples to Water Resource Sites
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2016
For more information contact:
Joint Information Center 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632)
Release # 6
FLINT, Mich. – Today, the water response teams distributed resources to nearly 4,000 Flint homes providing residents with free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits.
To date, more than 11,300 homes have been visited by the water response teams, comprised of local and state personnel, American Red Cross and volunteers. Over the course of the holiday weekend, Flint residents and approximately 300 state employees and their family members are volunteering to help increase door to door efforts.
In addition, the Michigan National Guard is dedicating more personnel to assist with distribution efforts at the five water resource sites. Beginning on Monday, January 18, approximately 70 National Guard members will be handing out resources at the fire stations, which is more than double the current commitment.
Since January 9, the following resources have been distributed to residents, both at the water resource sites and by the water response teams, in addition to donations:
•Nearly 20,900 cases of water
•Nearly 48,000 filters
•More than 3,300 water testing kits
The State of Michigan has purchased the following resources, since January 5, which will continue to be delivered to Flint over the coming days:
•Nearly 57,500 cases of water
•More than 108,500 filters
•Nearly 29,000 water testing kits
To help 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 water resource sites will 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
Today, President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, based on Gov. Rick Snyder's request made on Thursday, January 14, providing resources to help provide residents access to safe, clean water
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 or by calling 211.
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