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Dept. of Labor visits Flint following $15 million grant

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The deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor was in the vehicle city on Wednesday.

Christopher Lu traveled to Flint for input on a $15 million federal grant designed to help with the ongoing crisis.

"I'm struck by the partnerships among the community organizations as government, non-profit, philanthropy to help the community get back on its feet," Lu said.

Lu is talking about how Flint is working together to get through the water crisis.

He took a tour of the Michigan Works Office in Flint. A $15 million grant from his department helped the office find jobs for residents handing out water and working in other areas dealing with the crisis. His visit meant a lot to the people at Michigan Works.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this assistance to folks in the way of humanitarian work experience at the water distribution sites as well as training afterward," said Jody Kerbyson, with Michigan Works.

Lu also held a round table discussion with city leaders to talk about the crisis.

While residents appreciate the $15 million grant, some said declaring Flint a federal disaster area could free up even more money for the city.

"The salvation to this community is to start training our young folks, our citizens so that they can take care of themselves," said Rick Carter, with Michigan Faith in Action.

Lu made a promise to the residents of Flint.

"I want you to know that we in the Obama Administration are behind you 100 percent. And once we get past this crisis, we're going to help this area have an amazing economic resurgence," Lu said.

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