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State reponse to Flint water crisis slowly shifting

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

The state's bottled water distribution operation in Flint is nearing a milestone.

The state will soon open two new community water distribution centers in Flint. Three opened last month. The centers are manned by paid workers. 

MSP Capt. Chris Kelenske leads the state's emergency response to the Flint water crisis. He says as more paid workers come online the National Guard will begin pulling out.

"We’ll continue to see a scaled down version as we’re getting community members hired and brought in,” says Kelenske.

The number of guardsmen in Flint is about a third of its peak deployment earlier this year.

There is no exact end date for the National Guard’s deployment. Kelenske says there are still “legal documents and memorandums of understanding” to be confirmed before the final four community distribution sites are ready to open.  

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