State: Flint residents will be hired to help test water

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The Flint Water Plant is shown January 13, 2016, during the height of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the state is working with two Flint organizations to hire 50 residents who will help test the water in the city that’s been plagued with lead contamination.

Snyder announced Monday that Orchards Children’s Services and the Flint YMCA’s Safe Places Program will help hire and train city residents this month. More residents may be hired as needed.

The Republican governor says in a release that water testing teams need more people to get the job done, and “no one is better suited to help the city bounce back.”

He adds the hiring is part of an effort to ensure residents “benefit from opportunities created by relief efforts.” City and community leaders have called for employing residents, particularly teens, to help deal with the health crisis.

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