Governor Snyder Offers Help in Ohio Water Emergency

Aundrea Simmons stands next to her minivan with cases of bottled water she bought after Toledo warned residents not to use its water, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio. About 400,000 people in and around Ohio's fourth-largest city were warned not to drink or use its water after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie. (AP Photo John Seewer)
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LUNA PIER, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says that state agencies are ready to help southeastern Michigan residents and communities that are affected by the toxic contamination of Lake Erie water.

Four Monroe County communities use water affected by the water use ban that originated with problems just across the state border in Toledo, Ohio.

The county health department says residents of Luna Pier, Bedford and Erie townships and a portion of LaSalle Township should follow restrictions announced by Toledo.

The Ohio city says water shouldn't be used for drinking or cooking. Toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie have fouled the water supply.

Snyder says that so far, Michigan officials haven't received requests for help. He says the state will do all it can "to minimize impacts to ... citizens and communities."