FLINT, Michigan — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder late Tuesday activated the National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters in Flint as it deals with a drinking water crisis that began months ago.

Snyder’s executive order is intended to bolster outreach to Flint residents, whose tap water became contaminated with too much lead after it switched its drinking water supply. Officials in Michigan first declared a public health emergency in Flint on Oct. 1 in response to tests that showed children with elevated levels of lead.

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National Guard to hand out water in Flint, Michigan after contamination scare