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Residents hopeful for long-term solution, grateful for outpouring of help

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James Todd is like many Flint residents who need clean water.

He stops by a distribution center to get a case of it for his family every day.

"We use it for drinking, brushing our teeth, water for the dog, and making bottles," Todd said.

Todd said he doesn't know how his family of four would survive without the bottled water he receives. He believes the need in Flint is great.

Mayor Karen Weaver said it's a need that isn't going away.

"We're still in the midst of a crisis because we still can't drink the water," Weaver said. "Is the water better? The water is better but is it ready for us to drink no. And so anytime you can't drink your water, you can't use it for cooking, you're in the middle of a crisis."

That crisis has led to an outpouring of support from across the country.

Since Jan. 9, the state has provided:

  • 263,209 cases of bottled water or 6,317,016 bottles
  • 103,000 filters
  • 33,750 test kits

These numbers don't included the hundreds of cases of water and filters received through private donations.

"I am surprised. Those numbers are a lot higher than I would've anticipated," said MSP Lt. David Kaiser.

Michigan State Police have been front and center coordinating distribution efforts throughout Flint.

He said he believes there will be enough bottled water to sustain Flint residents for months to come.

"If this emergency continues well into the summer we have the supplies and resources for that," Kaiser said.

And while bottled water is nice, most residents want to see a long term fix.

Todd said he’s hopeful the days of driving in to pick up water are numbered.

"It's expensive. I can't afford to feed my family for a month on bottled water, no I couldn't do that," Toss said.

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