Poisoned Water: Flint's Contamination Crisis in Photos

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Tears stream down the face of Flint resident Morgan Walker, 5, as she gets her finger pricked for a lead screening on Jan. 26, 2016, at Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint, Michigan. Free lead screenings are performed for Flint children 6-years-old and younger, one of several events sponsored by Molina Healthcare following the city's water contamination and federal state of emergency.
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American Red Cross workers drive through Flint's north side distributing cases of water to residents on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint. Water is being handed out for free to citizens of Flint following the declaration of a federal state of emergency due to the contamination.
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American Red Cross volunteer John Lohrstorfer walks down Maryland St. on Flint's north side bringing bottled water and filters to homes on Jan. 21, 2016. The Red Cross is supporting state and county efforts to bring water to every household in the city.
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Shantel Bourque, with her son Gage Bourque, 2, fills out paper work before having her children's blood tested for lead on Jan. 23, 2016, at the Masonic Temple in Flint. Bourque has lived in the city for four years and didn't know how bad the problem was until four months ago; she was using the water regularly until then.
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A soldier from the Michigan Army National Guard hands out bottled water at a fire station on Jan. 17, 2016, in Flint. U.S. President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Michigan the day before, which freed up federal aid to help Flint deal with lead-contaminated drinking water. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder had requested emergency and disaster declarations after activating the National Guard to help the American Red Cross distribute water to residents.
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Pallets of bottled water are seen ready for distribution in a warehouse on Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The warehouse is the emergency water supply for Flint residents affected by lead-contaminated water.
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Mary Stewart pours bottled water to make coffee in her apartment on Flint's north side on Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. She said that when the problems with lead started in 2014, when she was told to just boil her water and continue using the contaminated water.
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Amercian Red Cross volunteer John Lohrstorfer delivers bottled water to resident Sandra Mendez on Jan. 21, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Much of the city's frustration has been directed at Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed the emergency manager who ran Flint and approved changing its water source.
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The National Guard hands out water filters at a fire station Jan. 21, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.
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Vehicles line up on Martin Luther King Blvd. to receive free cases of water distributed by the National Guard on Jan. 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.
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Zariah Garner, age 9 of Flint, rests on a stack of water as national guard members and civilians carry cases to vehicles on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan.
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The National Guard hands out water-testing jugs for residents at a fire station Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. At the fire station, residents were provided with the jugs, filters and clean water. Residents also brought in water samples from their homes which would be sent out for lead testing.
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The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016.
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Darius Simpson, an Eastern Michigan University student from Akron, Ohio, carries water he brought to donate for Flint residents during a rally on Jan. 24, 2016, at Flint City Hall. The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest corruption they see in government related to the Flint water crisis.
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Tierra Stokes of Flint, Michigan, displays a patch of irritated skin on the back of her hand that started two months ago, which she believes is due to the contamination of Flint's water supply, on Jan. 24, 2016. Stokes still showers in the city water, saying she "can't shower with bottled water," and that the condition was diagnosed as ringworm but treatment failed to rectify the situation and doctors have not offered another solution.
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Matt Krol speaks to protestors and citizens about the Flint Water Crisis on January 24, 2016, at Flint City Hall.
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A sign at a local restaurant reassures customers that it does not use Flint water, but uncontaminated water pulled from Detroit, on Jan. 27, 2016, at Westside Diner in Flint.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to the media regarding the status of the Flint water crisis on Jan. 27, 2016, at Flint City Hall. Snyder, a Republican in his second term as governor, has apologized for mishandling the situation.
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Brian Jones, a first responder for Livingston County Michigan, draws the blood of Amaria Roberson, 5 of Flint, to screen her blood for lead on Jan. 26, 2016, at Eisenhower Elementary School.
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