DEVELOPING: Warnings in Flint over water filter scammers

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DEVELOPING (AP): 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.

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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