National Guard, state workers go door-to-door in Flint to pass out water filters

The water problem in Flint is a serious one and now state workers are knocking on every door to give residents filters and testing kits.

- UPDATE 10 p.m.: Gov. Rick Snyder has activated the National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters in Flint. 

The state's water resource teams were out a day after Governor Rick Snyder held a press conference admitting the state's series of missteps and his own responsibility in a health crisis that has now garnered international attention. It's also prompted investigations by the EPA and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"I've apologized for what's gone on with the state and I am responsible for state government," Snyder said.

Now there's another investigation. An office at Flint City Hall containing files related to the water crisis was burglarized over the winter break.

"I'm always concerned when the mayor's suite has been broken into. That's a concern. That's the only room that was broken into," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said a TV was stolen but it's not clear if anything was.

"It's really a difficult situation to assess because when you walk in and there are papers all over the floor and there had been papers on the desk, it's hard to tell if something has been taken but it's coincidental isn't it?" she said.

Back in April 2014, under an emergency manager appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, Flint switched from Detroit water to the Flint River in an effort to save money. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality did not treat the water with anti corrosive agents and the aging pipes leached lead into the water supply, poisoning the population, especially dangerous for children.

While doctors sounded the alarms, the state initialy dismissed their concerns. In October of 2015 the state switched Flint back to Detroit water, but the damage was done to the pipes and the water is still not safe to drink. has been done to the pipes - the water still not safe to drink...

That's why water resource teams are out on Tuesday, though many wonder why it has taken the state so incredibly long to respond. The teams will be out all week and the water must be filtered for the foreseeable future until the EPA gives the all-clear.


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