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Water shut off notices paused

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James Edwards rushed down to city hall to pay is water bill on Friday. Like so many others, he was afraid that a possible turn off notice could show up on his door steps.

"My thought is, I hope they hurry up and get this thing together, man, because this here is ridiculous," Edwards said.

Edwards and many other received some good news on that front the city’s chief financial officer made an announcement.

“The city has not issued any shut off notices,” said Jody Lundquist.

As efforts to resolve the Flint water crisis has grabbed state and national attention, the announcement lightens the burden for residents who don’t feel they should be forced to pay for water they can’t use.

It’s a sentiment Mayor Karen Weaver agrees with.

“Well I’m extremely happy that been one of the things that we've been trying to work on,” Weaver said. “Because residents were upset, and they were upset rightfully so. We were paying for water that we couldn't use.”

And right now the city can't guarantee when this pause in payment demands expires.

Edwards said the freeze on payment makes things a little easier.

“I been paying out a whole lot of money to keep up and I am so glad that it got down this way so I can be able to keep up,” Edwards said.

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