Flint natives in North Dakota helping hometown with water

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – Natives of Flint who operate a water bottling plant in North Dakota plan to send thousands of gallons of fresh water to their hometown this weekend to help with a crisis there.

Chris Duell and Dan Provost tell the Williston Herald they’ve also set up a GoFundMe account so others can contribute to the cause.

Corrosive water from the Flint River has caused lead to leach from old pipes into Flint homes. Tests have shown high levels of lead in some children’s blood. President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in the city.

Duell and Provost operate C&D Water Services in Williston, the hub of the western North Dakota oil patch. On Saturday they plan to load 1,040 4-gallon water bottles on a truck for shipment to Flint.

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