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Local Foundation Leader Builds Bridges, Trust Flint | app

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Isaiah Oliver carefully parks his car in the crumbling parking lot of the Greater Holy Temple Church in North Flint. The church grounds were intended for parishioners coming to pray, not for 18-wheelers carrying pallets of bottled water.

But as the city grapples with its water crisis, the church has been one of the main distribution centers for donations of water, food, clothing and other essentials. This disaster exposed thousands of people to dangerously high lead levels in 2014 when an emergency official changed the city’s water source to save money. Authorities failed to treat the water, a step that would have prevented the pipes from corroding.

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