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National Guard role in water crisis explained

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The National Guard’s role in water crisis response is being fleshed out.

Gov. Rick Snyder mobilized the National Guard troops to Flint, directing them to help in any way possible.

For the time-being, troops will be used to distribute water, water filters, and test kits.

The National Guard will do that out of five distribution center across the city. The National Guard is using 32 soldiers in the city, primarily to man those centers.

Maj. Gen. Greg Vadnais said more soldiers aren't being used to go door-to-door handing out water because other agencies had it handled.

"And if we're asked to come in and do the door to door piece then obviously we would build a force to meet that requirement," Vadnais said.

Vadnais said he met with many Flint residents at the distribution centers and was surprised by their resilience and attitude in the face of crisis.

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