AmeriCorps team going to Flint to help after water problems

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – An AmeriCorps team plans to be in Flint to support state and local efforts to protect public health after problems with lead in the city’s water supply.

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced the plans Friday for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team, which will be deployed for three months starting Feb. 1.

Serving through the United Way of Genesee County, the team will carry out projects to improve education and public health, including going door-to-door to educate residents on using water filters appropriately. The team will work closely with other agencies.

An emergency has been declared in Flint where water drawn from the Flint River leached lead from old plumbing for months. In Lansing on Thursday, the governor pledged additional state assistance for Flint.

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