The Latest: Flint mayor welcomes National Guard help

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Samuel Smith is happy to receive a case of bottled water and a new water filter at his home on Mallery St. in Flint, Mich., as volunteers accompanied by Michigan State Police and Gennessee County Sheriff’s Deputies bring residents water filters and bottled water on Tuesday Jan 12, 2016. Volunteers and police carrying bottled water, filters and lead test kits knocked on doors in Flint on Tuesday, seeking to help residents in the Michigan city that’s confronting a water crisis. (Dale G. Young/The Detroit News via AP) (Associated Press)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – The latest on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

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Flint’s mayor says she appreciates Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s order to activate the National Guard to help with the city’s water crisis, but that Flint will need more assistance.

Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement Wednesday she’s glad the state is putting in resources.

Lt. Col. William Humes said about a half-dozen National Guard representatives arrived Wednesday, ahead of a larger contingent that will help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents.

Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management.

Weaver said the city also needs federal assistance “to cope with this man-made water disaster.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Snyder’s request to coordinate a recovery plan.

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11:45 a.m.

Some Michigan National Guard leaders have arrived in Flint for briefings on the drinking water crisis ahead of a larger contingent of Guardsmen who will help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents.

Gov. Rick Snyder activated the National Guard late Tuesday, and Lt. Col. William Humes confirmed about a half-dozen representatives arrived Wednesday morning. Roughly 30 Guardsmen will be in place by Friday, enabling American Red Cross volunteers to join door-to-door efforts already underway instead of staffing sites where residents can pick up free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has approved Snyder’s request to coordinate a recovery plan.

Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management.

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6:45 a.m.

Flint police are warning people to be wary of scammers trying to prey on residents amid the city’s drinking water crisis.

Chief James Tolbert says in a statement that police have received reports of people selling water filters. He notes that filters are being distributed for free around the city, so there’s no need to buy one from someone on the street.

Tolbert says it’s “unconscionable that some residents would try to take advantage of others coping with this water situation.” He’s asking people to report potential scams to police, including people trying to sell filters they got for free.

Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management.

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4 a.m.

A public museum in Flint has commissioned a traveling exhibit on the science and history of the city’s water system in response to the ongoing crisis.

The exhibit, titled “Water’s Extreme Journey,” will open Jan. 23 at the Sloan Museum and will close May 8. It’s described as an interactive maze that challenges visitors to explore the water cycle from the perspective of a water drop that’s trying not to become polluted.

The Sloan Museum also has curated a local exhibit component and 13 public programs aiming to educate and empower visitors to take action on local water issues.

The localized portion of the exhibit features a timeline exploring the history of Flint’s drinking water beginning in 1873.

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2 a.m.

Members of the Michigan National Guard are headed to Flint to help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents dealing with a drinking water crisis that began months ago.

Gov. Rick Snyder late Tuesday activated the National Guard, and some members were expected to arrive as soon as Wednesday.

More than 30 Guardsmen will be in place by Friday, enabling American Red Cross volunteers to join door-to-door efforts already underway instead of staffing sites where residents can pick up free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits.

Snyder on Tuesday also requested and was granted support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordinating a recovery plan.

Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management.

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1/13/2016 11:46:58 AM (GMT -5:00)