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U of M students, staff develop app for residents dealing with water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A team from the University of Michigan developed an app to help residents dealing with the Flint water crisis.

"This is pretty exciting. We actually worked on this all summer," said Mark Allison, assistant professor of computer science at U of M-Flint.

The app, called My Water-Flint, was unveiled Thursday morning by students and staff from both of the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses. The app is funded by Google and is aimed at providing crucial resources to those living in the city.

The app is available on all web browsers and Android devices. Go to the Google Play store and search for My Water-Flint and hit install.

The app provides a map of Flint and shows the current levels of lead in a resident's area.

"This app will allow you to find where you can get blood tested, where to find water, where to find filters, where to find recycling resources," Allison said.

Those involved in developing the app feel this is just one more thing to make life a little easier for those struggling.

"Hope that there's an end to this. When you see the little men working on the app you can say, 'you know what? There's an end to this,'" Allison said.

State Rep. Phil Phelps released the following statement on the app:

While the attention on our community’s continued crisis has quieted down, I am extremely grateful that the researchers at the University of Michigan Flint and Ann Arbor have dedicated so much time to creating this resource for our community, as well as to Google for providing the funding.

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