FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Volunteers and law officers are knocking on doors in Flint to distribute bottled water, filters and lead test kits to residents in the Michigan city that’s confronting a water crisis.
The Michigan State Patrol is coordinating the effort with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department. They began escorting eight teams of volunteers Tuesday morning, trudging through 3 inches of snow with more falling.
Capt. Casey Tafoya of the sheriff’s department says he does not know how long the effort will take, but they hope to get to 500 to 600 houses a day. The city has a population of about 99,000 with an estimated 30,000 households.
Gov. Rick Snyder last week declared a state of emergency because of elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.