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Indiana Aid Workers Helping With Water Emergency In Michigan

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A team of Red Cross volunteers from Indiana is headed to Flint Michigan to help with that city’s water crisis.

Flint is under a state of emergency because of lead contamination in its water supply.

There are now 10 volunteers from the Indiana Red Cross on the ground in Flint helping to distribute bottled water, water testing kits and going door to door with the Michigan National Guard to hand out information to residents about precautions they need to take.

NPR is covering the ongoing crisis in Flint and reports the situation started when the city switched water supplies last year:

"The water would no longer come from Detroit's water supply but instead from the Flint River. That water was corrosive and damaged by the city's pipes, allowing lead to leach out. Soon after, doctors began seeing elevated levels of lead in the blood of Flint's children."

The city has since reconnected to its original water source, but the effects of lead poisoning can last a long time and are irreversible. 

The Red Cross hasn't indicated how long Indiana's aid workers will be in Flint or if more volunteers will be sent to provide assistance.

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