January 14, 2016

Indiana Red Cross Volunteers Heading To Flint, Michigan

Staff Sgt. William Phillips, with the Michigan National Guard, assists a resident at a water distribution center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at a fire station in Flint, Mich. - AP Photo/Mike Householder

Staff Sgt. William Phillips, with the Michigan National Guard, assists a resident at a water distribution center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at a fire station in Flint, Mich.

AP Photo/Mike Householder

FORT WAYNE -- Indiana Red Cross volunteers will soon be working with Red Cross volunteers from Michigan and surrounding states to distribute bottled water and other relief supplies from Water Resource Sites and/or door to door in Flint, Michigan.

Flint is under a state of emergency as a result of a water crisis. The city switched water sources in 2014, drawing from the Flint River. The water from the river was so caustic that it damaged and corroded the water pipes, releasing lead into the water supply. The city stopped using water from the river in the fall, when the problem was discovered, but lead has continued to leach into the water supply. 

Two volunteers from Fort Wayne will be driving an American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle to Flint. An AmeriCorps member from Indianapolis has already left for Flint.

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