Cases of donated water found in old Flint school

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FLINT, Mich. (AP/WILX) — Numerous cases of bottled water have been discovered inside a former school in Flint.

The water was found by two people who were inside an old school next to the former St. Agnes Church. Jimmy Cowell says he was “dumbfounded” to see water mixed with debris in the building.

"I'm not sure how it got left or just forgotten in that massive of an amount. It's not a forgettable amount of water; you can't just kind of ... 'Hey, I forgot this building was full of water,'" Cowell said.

The couple found a room stockpiled from floor to ceiling with hundreds of cases of bottled water. It wasn't the only room filled with the bottles, either.

"Thousands upon thousands of bottles just sitting there going to waste. Rooms upon rooms. Cases upon cases. Jugs upon jugs," Cowell's fiance, Kira Sutkay, told WJRT, one of News 10's sister stations.

St. Agnes shut down in 2008.

Flint residents received free water from many sources after their water system was contaminated by lead in 2014 and 2015. Roberto Torres recalls delivering and unloading water at the church from donors in Grand Rapids.

Torres says he’s not sure if water found in the old school was part of his 2016 delivery. He says many families were taking water home that same day.

Flint’s water quality has improved, although residents still are advised to run tap water through a filter.