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Former mayor: 'The city should have never used the river in the first place'

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

"It's embarrassing that this has happen to our community," said former mayor, Dayne Walling.

Those words haunt the former mayor of Flint as it relates to the city's water woes and the road blocks he said he faced trying to fix it.

"Every time we went to the state for assistance we got a fraction of what was needed," Walling said.

Water reform protesters like Tony Paladino don’t believe Walling is entirely blameless.

"Is it all Dayne’s fault? No,” Paladino said. “But he should have stood up. This would have ended a long time ago."

Walling, in an exclusive interview with TV5, said that changing from Detroit water to the Flint River was a huge mistake.

"The city should have never used the river in the first place," Walling said. "But the heart of the accountability goes to the Department of Environmental Quality. Because I never would have imagined that the Safe Drinking Water Act would have applied in Flint."

On Monday afternoon, Gov. Rick Snyder and his executive staff made another commitment to Flint.

"We are doing all we can to fix this," Snyder said.

However, Walling sees him as part of the blame.

“The governor knew and reassured me this would be over," Walling said. "However they mislead me and the city, and I hold them responsible."

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