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Residents upset over county response time

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It has been a particularly harsh winter in Mid-Nichigan so far and some people have been disappointed and frustrated with how their city and county have responded to the bad weather.

Residents in Genesee County had a chance to show their disapproval with leadership and how the last big weather event was handled.

A panel came together to hear some of these complaints and start the process of formulating a better emergency plan.

Just last month, an ice storm knocked the power out for thousands in Genesee County and shortly after the area got hammered with a near record-breaking snowfall.

Chaos for residents and chaos for city and county services.

Gerald Swadling lives in Flint and he says his complaints have fallen on deaf ears. "What good is it to say anything? You call, no good, it ain't going to do no good," said Swalding. "My street had got plowed once all year."

Swalding joined many residents Thursday night to voice concerns about how last month's storm has raised a red flag in how city and county services operate.

Genesee County Commissioner Brenda Clack and state representative Jim Ananich joined other city and county leaders to hear residents talk about the problems they encountered.

Many spoke of roads and how many of them remain nearly impassible to this day and the direct impact it had on senior and health services.

The goal of the meeting is to come up with a game plan for the next time a weather emergency strikes.

Hoping a policy will put everyone on the same page.

"I think putting everybody in the room together and hearing where the holes were at is a good first step and I think getting everyone back together and saying what is a good protocol going forward," said state representative Ananich.

The panel plans to meet again on February 10 to discuss a proper emergency protocol to follow.

Commissioner Clack told TV5 that she hopes that there can be an access number created so people in the community have a one-stop-shop to turn to if they need services.

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