National Guard Called in to Help with Flint, MI Water Crisis
The National Guard has been called in to assist with the city’s water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Governor Rick Snyder activated the National Guard late Tuesday.
Around a half-dozen representatives arrived Wednesday morning. Roughly 30 Guardsmen will be in place by Friday to help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents.
A door-to-door effort is already underway by volunteers to deliver the supplies.
Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management.
FEMA also approved Governor Snyder’s request to coordinate a recovery plan.
Flint’s mayor says she appreciates the Governor’s order to activate the National Guard, but that the city will need more assistance.