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Gov. Snyder visits Catholic church to meet Latinos in Flint

Feb 6, 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says he's reaching out to Flint's Latino community to make sure residents are getting bottled water and filters during the city's lead-contamination crisis.

  The governor on Friday visited Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church, where volunteers are distributing water and filters to the church's predominantly Latino parishioners.

  Snyder says after meeting with the deacon, he wants to help with logistics, water and blood tests, and removing any issues facing non-English speakers. The state said last month that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. are no longer being denied water because they can't show ID.

  Snyder thanked volunteers. One, Rick Vasquez, told the governor that "lot of people like me are getting tired of taking a shower in buckets of water."

  Snyder says lead pipes are being recoated but officials want to be "extra careful" before declaring the water is safe again.