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State Rep. speaks to church about Flint water crisis

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State Representative Sheldon Neely spoke to a congregation at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Flint.
He took over the podium for the Sunday message on Jan. 3. He says he's hoping to explain the Flint water crisis, and how people can still help.

"Getting information to the people is key. Making sure people know what needs to be done and where to go next. Good information is key in this fight for safe, affordable water for the citizens of flint," Neely said.

Neely says the fight is not over yet, and citizens need to know how the problem began, and what the next step is.

Some parts of the Flint water crisis have been resolved, but many people TV5 spoke with today say they've lost confidence in those that made the decision in the first place. 

"I'm furious and even though in this church, we believe in social justice for everyone and we're outraged," Flint resident, Kris Monk said.

"So am i surprised? No. Is it discouraging? Incredibly. I feel we've made so much progress in flint in so many areas, and for this, just, what were you thinking," church member, Anne Delana said.

Neely told the church there's still a long road ahead, as more money and more resources are needed to ensure safe water. And as for Governor Rick Snyder's apology, he says he's not buying it. 

"I think an apology is only words. Words are usually translated through actions. Let's see if his actions follow his apology. The only way he can admit he's really sorry is to help the community get through the crisis his department created," Neely said.

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