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Residents react to judge's decision in city water troubles

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It’s a step in, what many say is, the right direction for Flint’s water troubles.

Judge Archie Hayman singed an injunction ordering the city of Flint to cut its water and sewer rates by 35 percent.

“I think that it's absolutely what needs to happen. I've been screaming and stomping my feet since the beginning,” said resident Kim Desgrange. “I can’t give it to my cat. I don’t water my plants with it.”

Among reducing rates, the injunction also requires the city to stop disconnecting water to those who haven’t paid their bills.

“If they can take that money and do other bills or do something nice for themselves because they've defiantly been getting messed over with those rates,” said Chia Morgan, a Flint township resident.

The city must also pay more than $15 million it collected from a “ready to service” fee.

“I was hoping that it was going to happen. With four houses, I would like to see that deduction,” said Sue Graham, a Flint landlord.

Although a judge signed the order this afternoon, Flint residents shouldn’t celebrate just yet. The city said they plan to file an appeal.

“I think it's wrong to file an appeal. If a court has ordered it, it should be a done deal,” Graham said.

Desgrange said, “That's a huge amount. That's the difference between meals and going hungry.”

Even if it's just a temporary decrease, many Flint residents feel something is better than nothing at all.

“Getting this judge to stand up for the city, it’s a big revitalization for the city overall,” Morgan said. “So start with the water and make big progress.”

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