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Nearly 5,000 Flint Homes Visited Today by Water Response Teams
January 17, 2016
Residents Can Drop-off Water Samples to Water Resource Sites
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2016
FLINT, Mich. – Today, the water response teams distributed resources to nearly 5,000 Flint homes providing residents with free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits.
To date, more than 16,300 homes have been visited by the water response teams, comprised of local and state personnel, American Red Cross and volunteers.
Resources and efforts continue to expand with more volunteers and additional National Guard members. By tomorrow, approximately 70 National Guard members will be stationed in Flint to hand out water resources at fire stations, which is more than double the current commitment.
“We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the volunteers who continue to turn out to support this operation,” stated Capt. Chris Kelenske, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “As we continue to streamline and improve our distribution system, we’re able to reach more homes; visiting almost 1,000 more residences today than yesterday.”
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:
- More than 26,500 cases of water
- More than 50,200 water filters
- More than 4,700 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 now drop-off water samples at 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 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
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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