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Class offers clarity on ongoing water crisis

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The Flint water crisis started with the foul taste and smell, and downright nasty color.

While the water at TV5’s bureau in downtown Flint had a little yellowish tint to it, it’s a definite improvement from before, but that doesn’t mean the water is safe.

Samantha Farah attended a class from the University of Michigan, Flint designed to teach people about the ongoing water crisis.

"The lead, whether you have or not isn't related to color," Farah said.

It was a packed house with more than 200 attendees looking for answers.

E. Yvonne Lewis is the CEO for the National Center for African American Health Consciousness.

"There is so many mixed messages. We don't know what to believe,” Lewis said.

She was one of the panelist at Thursday night's class. Lewis said she is hearing similar concerns from the community and hoped the event will help bring clarity.

"There is an opportunity here for us to really share and create a climate for good communication. This is what we need to do," Lewis said.

Farah said Lewis and the other experts did a good job of breaking it down, from the chemical levels that brought the smell, the rust colored water, and now the elevated levels of lead.

But realizing just how bad the situation is shocks her.

"The fact that the issue is so layered, it's not just one thing, that's what is scary," Farah said.

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