Lockport resident deployed to Flint to aid Red Cross efforts

FLINT, MI (WIVB) — An entire city is in a state of emergency for the foreseeable future, and western New Yorkers are doing their best to help.

Flint, Michigan’s water is tainted with unsafe amounts of lead, endangering its residents. It will cost millions to fix the issue, and millions more to get water to residents as the issue is addressed.

Local organizations like the Red Cross and the True Bethel Baptist Church are sending people and resources to Michigan to immediately help those in need. True Bethel Baptist Church sent roughly 200,000 bottles of water, trucking them to Michigan over two weeks time. A local Red Cross volunteer is also in Michigan.

Diane Sargent will serve in Michigan as an emergency response vehicle driver, who will drive bottled water to residents door-to-door.

As January ended, Red Cross officials said they distributed over 32,500 cases of water, more than 21,570 filters and nearly 2,700 testing kits to roughly 35,000 homes.

While in Michigan, the Red Cross is also promoting the recycling of the bottled water plastic, which is being used at a rapid pace.

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