Federal assistance arrives for short-term help in water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Federal assistance arrives for short-term help in water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

"We have been dealing with some of the toughest challenges in the United States," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

Now Flint residents and Weaver will deal with those challenges with additional help from the federal government.

"I also need to take this opportunity to thank President Obama for sending a senior officer in the US Public Health Service Commission Court, an assistant surgeon general who will be joining my team for the next 30 days as my medical public health advisor," Weaver said.

Weaver praised the federal government for its assistance in dealing with the city's water supply that was discovered to be contaminated for nearly two years.

"But we've faced them together and we've faced them as a community and we are determined to fix this water crisis," Weaver said.

It was good news for Flint residents and city hall, but some residents in attendance have grown skeptical of additional government intervention.

At one point a Flint resident questioned if the plan to replace the lead pipes was still the goal.

"Millions of dollars have come into the city of Flint proper in the name of a water crisis but not one dollar has come into city hall," the resident said.

Weaver addressed those concerns, despite the short term fix the federal government outlined, her goal is to remove and replace the lead pipes throughout the city.

"So I want to close by saying that my stance hasn't changed on what we need and I'm still asking for the money so we can do those things," Weaver said.

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