Cher donates water to Flint, MI, residents

Posted at 9:04 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 21:04:57-05

FLINT, Mich.(AP)   Cher is donating bottled water to the residents of Flint struggling to obtain safe water amid a lead contamination crisis.

   The entertainer and Icelandic Water are contributing more than 181,000 bottles of water to help alleviate what she called a "tragedy of staggering proportions."

   The city switched water supplies in 2014 while a new pipeline was under construction and the corrosive water from the Flint River leached lead from old pipes.

   President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration clearing the way for federal aid and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide water, filters and other items for 90 days.