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Easter hunting becomes search for water

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Anthony Lyons said leading up to the Easter holiday did not include painting Easter eggs or Easter egg hunts.

"Right now during this water crisis, it is complicated, especially during the holiday season," Lyons said.

Instead, he said it's been more of a hunt for water.

"This morning me and my wife woke up and took water to her grandparents, her parents," Lyons said.

Lyons said Easter dinner, in his lifetime, has been a time of sharing gifts with children and breaking bread with family as they celebrate the holiday.

But this year, Lyon said that's nearly impossible.

"It's going to be difficult... cooking greens, washing your meat..." Lyons said.

For many Flint residents the focus of Easter this year is about making sure loved ones have one only one thing: water.

Crews have now begun tearing out lead pipes and replacing them. So far 30 homes are set to get new pipes.

But getting to every home in the city could take years, perhaps even a decade.

And perhaps for some, they may live the rest of lives with no clean drinking water flowing to their faucet.

“It's going to be very difficult to enjoy Easter," said Bennye Hayes.

Hayes is 82 years old. She said not only is her Easter holiday ruined because of the ongoing water crisis in Flint.

Hayes said she fears the finals years of her life will be spent living in a city where the drinking water is contaminated with lead. 

Moving forward, these Flint residents said holidays have become about more than just family, but a community coming together.

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