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Virginia Tech students use Spring Break to assist in water crisis

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A team of students from Virginia Tech are spending their Spring Break by helping families in the Flint water crisis.

The same students were in the Vehicle City last year, collecting water samples from 269 homes throughout the city.

Those samples helped reveal the high levels of lead contaminating the city's water.

This week, the students are revisiting those same homes, and testing the water once again to see if improvements have been made.

“I thought it would be a much better way to spend my break than at the beach or with friends, actually do some good in this world and try to help people,” said student Matthew Dowdle.

Student Maddie Brouse said, “It feels good to work for something and for a cause to help the community.”

Professor Marc Edwards, whose research helped blow the whistle on the water crisis, will be in Flint on Friday as well.

He plans to meet with Gov. Rick Snyder and the EPA regarding the ongoing crisis.

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