Flint declares disaster over lead in the water

FLINT — Thousands of bottles of water arrived Dec. 15 in Flint as the city continues to struggle with its water emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent two semis loaded with bottled water to Flint from Maryland. The water was being held in a warehouse by the federal government in case of a natural disaster on the east coast, but was never used.

There was no cost to the city. It cost about $5,000 for the two trucks to bring the water from Maryland, however, the United Way of Genesee County reportedly covered the cost.

Bottled water is still being used in Flint schools because of the lead contamination found in Flint city water.

The bottled water is being held at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and will be distributed in the Flint area to the various food pantries and soup kitchens already associated with the agency.

Once the city switched its water source from the Flint River to the Detroit Water system officials hoped the lead levels would drop. But they still remain dangerously high and residents are urged to use lead filters in their homes. — G.G.

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