Detroit men take water to Flint

DETROIT – The Flint water problem has caused the state to declare a public health emergency.

While the state tries to find a permanent solution to the problem, two Detroit men are taking it upon themselves to help Flint families.

Anthony Scales was disturbed by the water crisis and he started collecting cases of bottled water and taking them to Potter Elementary School in Flint.

Potter Elementary School has about 600 children and no fresh drinking water.

"I felt compelled to help out," said Scales. "Step in and do my part, as a human, I mean this is what we gotta do is look out for each other, and set the example. If the kids can't depend on us, then who can they depend on."

Scales, along with his friend Raymond Carr, a Detroit transit police officer, have been loading up a truck with cases of donated water every few days and driving up to Flint.

"I think it is important as a community, it doesn't matter where a person is from, their political, religious, or financial background is, as a human being we have a responsibility to one another to assist someone who is in a weaker state than we might be currently," said Carr.

A medical study showed the number of children with elevated levels of lead in their blood had doubled since Flint stopped paying Detroit for its water service.

These two men are asking for help from the public, but they're not asking for gas money and they don't want cash donations. They just want water.

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Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism