Doctors urge Flint to stop using water from Flint River


FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Doctors are urging Flint to stop using water from the Flint River after blood tests revealed more children in the city with higher levels of lead.

Researchers led by a doctor from Hurley Medical Center looked at blood samples taken this year from more than 1,700 children living in Flint. They found that the percentage of kids with above-average lead levels has nearly doubled. In certain areas, it has tripled.

The results were announced Thursday, although city officials were briefed Monday.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha says, "This is not what our community needs."

Flint began using Flint River water last year after leaving the Detroit system, which draws water from Lake Huron. The river water is releasing lead found in old pipes and service lines.