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NAACP to decide on involvement in city's water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Case after case of bottled water are being shipped in to Flint, much like vehicles were once shipped out.

But even in the cross-hairs of the water disaster, there's still plenty of pride.     

It's hard to wipe the smile off of Bessie Straham's face.

"It's a good place, it's a good place to live," Straham said.

The retired Flint school teacher said the community is working as one as they searches for answers and thankful finally, the nation is watching.

"I think the spotlights need to remain on the problem," Straham said.

State and national leaders from the NAACP sat in on the Flint chapter's meeting on Thursday night at Vernon Chapel AME Church.

"We have been issuing water to the citizens of Flint, but it's deeper than that, and that's why we're asking our national office to get involved," said Francis Gilcreast, Flint’s NAACP president.

The NAACP said they're here to listen to the concerns of residents and take a look at how they want to be involved.

Jackie Patterson is the national director of the organization's environmental justice program.

She said she will be in town for the next couple of days and plans to get into the community and talk to people so she can get a better feel for the size and scope of the water crisis.

Then she'll report back to national leadership so they can decide the best steps to take.

"Where the blame lies is not our issue, how we fix this situation is the issue, that's the imperative issue right now," Gilcreast said.

Straham said the added pressure will only help get the clean water this city deserves.

"Flint deserves it, Flint deserves to get the proper attention," Straham said.

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