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Meet the woman coordinating the federal response to a city's water crisis

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The president ordered a team to Flint to help with the federal response to the city’s water crisis.

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the woman leading that effort. 

Lurie is the assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lurie is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

"The president asked me to coordinate all the different parts of federal government and figure out what they can bring to this response to help the people in Flint and that's exactly what I’m doing," Lurie said.

Lurie’s arrival in Flint has been met with mixed emotions from residents.

"I'm hearing obviously a lot of concern and a lot of fear,” Lurie said. “But I’m also hearing a lot of relief and gratitude that we're here. And a very strong commitment from everybody we've talked to, to find a way to move forward together."

That forward momentum is going to take some long hours. Lurie said, right now, the federal response is figuring out exactly what people need.

“We have people here on the ground,” Lurie said. “We will be here all weekend long out and about listening, learning. We'll be here all next week mobilizing the resources of the federal government to do everything we can to help the people of Flint.”

Lurie said her team is still working out the scope of the water crisis.

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