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Flint mayor: We shouldn't have to live like this

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A change of tone from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver about Gov. Rick Snyder.

“You know, at some point you get tired. We're still using bottled water, we're still using filters,” Weaver said.

Weaver said she's tried to work with him, but now, it's just been too long, and Flint needs money.

“We thought we were getting the $500,000 to start the Fast Start program, and instead, the governor kept it,” Weaver said. “We thought we were putting something together with Flint water works and instead he jumped out.”

Weaver said it's been nearly two years Flint has been dealing with the crisis, and enough is enough.

She's also frustrated about a federal aid package that's stalling in Congress.

“Mike Lee is the holdup in Utah. Hopefully his colleagues can press on him the urgency and importance of this,” Weaver said. “We are not a third world country. We shouldn't have to live like this.”

The mayor's Fast Start program is replacing pipes in neighborhoods in Flint.

But Weaver said, with more money, much more could be done.

“We did get out $2 million back so we're vetting companies and we're going to start with what we have because we can't stop and wait,” Weaver said.

And those who live in the neighborhoods where the work is being done, are glad to see the progress.

Weaver said Snyder continues to ignore her, and it's leaving her citizens out in the dark.

“It's somebody from the outside, coming in, and making decisions for us. We can make our own decisions,” Weaver said. “Give us our money. And let us do what we need to do, because we know what's best for the city of Flint. We ended up in this situation because of the emergency manager, something by the governor. We can take care of ourselves, give us the money we deserve.”

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