3rd person charged in Flint water crisis still to be arraigned - WNEM TV 5

3rd person charged in Flint water crisis still to be arraigned

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Michael Glasgow in March, 2016 (Source: WNEM TV5) Michael Glasgow in March, 2016 (Source: WNEM TV5)

Mike Glasgow, former utilities manager for Flint, was expected to be in court on Friday.

He has yet to be arraigned on felony charges connected to the Flint water crisis.

April 25 marks the two year anniversary of the switch to the Flint River water. Since the crisis became a nationally known issue last year progress has been slow.

"We've been doing this for the last six to eight months," said Theodore Moore, giveaway volunteer.

Moore and group of volunteers from the First Trinity Baptist Church pass out free bottled water every Tuesday and Friday. He said the need is great and he doesn't know when it will stop.

"The situation is really dire and it's really kind of depressing," Moore said.

As the water crisis nears the two year anniversary, those living in the city limits wonder how much longer they have to live off of bottled water. The residents are afraid to drink what's coming from their tap.

"I think it'll take years because when you look at the problem with the lead, this is in the kids' bodies for who knows how long," said Mary Powers, Flint resident.

While progress is being made, some residents said it's not enough.

Two state employees and a Flint city worker were charged with crimes for their alleged roles in the water crisis on April 20, but not all of them have been before a judge.

Glasgow has yet to appear before a judge.

TV5 reached out to Glasgow's lawyer, but have not heard back.

To some, the slow process appears to add to the frustration of many Flint residents.

"It takes as long as it takes and whatever it takes, that's about all," said Jim Gallagher, Flint resident.

Moore said regardless of how long the water bottles are needed, his group will be there to help out their fellow residents.

The Flint Water Interagency Committee met on April 22. The group was put together to solve the water crisis and prevent situations like it from happening again.

"We are approaching our third year of water we cannot drink. There is an immediacy to this emergency," Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha said after the meeting. "Our work is just beginning because this is a long term problem. This is unlike any other emergency, like a flood or a hurricane. We can't just clean up."

Residents are still living off bottled or filtered water with no end in sight.

"I think our government certainly hasn't done enough. I'm happy to see they have some investigations through the attorney general's office, but no, I think our federal government and our state government really need to do more to the city of Flint.

Some residents said they understand it takes a process to fix the water crisis, but they wonder how long that process will take.

"I think they're doing the best they can with what they have to work with. They're waiting for available funds and it's a process. The system works slow sometimes, but you still have to deal with it.

Rich Biard, adviser to the governor, agreed the process is slow, but he insists in the end it's going to find a fix for Flint.

"It clarifies things we have to do jointly and things we have to do where the city takes the lead and the state is supporting or the state does and the city follows lead," Biard said.

As for Hanna-Attisha, she said the long-term effects could only be just beginning.

"Time will tell to see the full impact of the crisis," she said.

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