Latest: Snyder requests FEMA's help with Flint water crisis

AP News
|
Posted: Jan 12, 2016 10:51 PM
Latest: Snyder requests FEMA's help with Flint water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the drinking water crisis in Flint (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has requested support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with Flint's drinking water crisis.

Snyder on Tuesday asked FEMA to coordinate an interagency recovery plan with other federal agencies that could provide resources.

Snyder's chief of staff Jarrod Agen says the request will identify federal agencies that have programs, authorities or technical expertise that may be used.

The crisis comes after state health authorities confirmed elevated blood-lead levels in children were caused when Flint's water source was switched but the water was not properly treated for corrosion.

Snyder on Tuesday night activated the National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters to residents.

__

10 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has activated the National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters in a city that is confronting a drinking water crisis.

His executive order issued late Tuesday is intended to bolster outreach to Flint residents. The crisis comes after state health authorities confirmed elevated blood-lead levels in children.

Volunteers and police have been going door to door with bottled water, filters and lead test kits.

Snyder said Monday the water situation is a "crisis" and last week declared an emergency.

___

12:45 p.m.

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.