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President Obama to visit Flint amid water crisis

Eight-year-old Amariyanna Copeny wrote a letting to President Obama about Flint water, prompting a visit from the president. (Courtesy LuLu Brezzell)

FLINT, Mich. (WEYI/WSMH) - The White House just released this statement: "On Wednesday, May 4th, the President will travel to Flint, Michigan where he will hear first-hand from Flint residents about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and deliver remarks to community members."

We have just learned that President Obama wrote a letter to 8-year-old Amariyanna Copeny, telling her he would visit Flint to talk about the water crisis.

Copeny wrote the president asking for his help.

COMPLETE COVERAGE | Flint water crisis

Flint's water crisis began in April 2014 when the city's water supply shifted away from the Detroit water system and to Flint River water. Later, it was discovered that the river water was leeching lead from the aging pipes in the city and putting it in the water. Tests of the city's children showed that many had elevated lead levels in their blood. In October 2015, the city switched back to the Detroit water supply, but the water is still considered unsafe to drink.

Now, residents rely on bottled water and water filters provided by donations and the state.

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