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Snyder activates National Guard to help with Flint

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jan 12, 2016

Governor Snyder

FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ 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.