Volunteers head north to assist in Flint, MI water crisis


Volunteers across metro Atlanta are headed to Flint, Michigan to help those affected by a huge water crisis that has prompted President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency.

Residents in the city are in desperate need of fresh, clean water after the city's water supply has been declared undrinkable and unusable.

The problem is due to almost two years of lead contamination.

A truck filled with bottled water has begun the long trek up to Flint as many people across the metro Atlanta wanted to show their support.

Alex Burton thought it was unbelievable what is happening in Flint so he donated his truck and urged people to donate on Instagram and the response has been overwhelming.

Volunteers from all over Georgia came out in droves to fill up the tractor trailer with supplies to send to Flint. Alex is also working with local pastors to make sure the supplies go directly to the people.

Crews collected more than 60,000 bottles of water and is expected to reach Flint on Friday.

This isn't just a one-and-done deal. Organizers plan to hold another supply gathering in February.

The city has seen an outpouring of support since the crisis began. According to television station WNEM TV5, pop-singer Cher also stepped up to help those in need.

The singer teamed up with Icelandic Glacial to provide 181,440 bottles of water to the city.

Cher has been outspoken about the water crisis through social media.“This a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it’s happening in the middle of our country. I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on-board to help the city of Flint. I cannot wait for the water to get there to help these people who have been poisoned because the water they’ve been getting out of their taps has been polluted for so long and remains that way without the state or the federal government stepping in with any substantial plan to resolve this problem,” commented Cher. According to the Associated Press, Michigan governor Rick Snyder also asked the White House for a federal disaster declaration in the city but was denied. The administration declared an emergency but determined the crisis did not meet the legal definition of a major disaster.

Copyright 2016 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. WNEM-TV5 and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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