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Flint woman discusses living with water crisis

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As lawmakers and investigators try to figure out what to do next, people in Flint are going on two years of having contaminated drinking water.

“What first got me was it tasted different,” said Sandra Branch, Flint resident.

Two years ago, on April 25, 2014, Branch began noticing something was not right with the water coming from her tap.

“It smelled different. Every week it was a different smell. It was wither pool or pond,” Branch said.

It started with the smell and taste. Then her body started to react to the new water.

“Then I got the rashes. They started about three to four weeks after the new water. So everybody kept saying it was the water. It was the water and nobody would listen,” Branch said.

Then her hair started to fall out. She has rheumatoid arthritis and her flare ups got worse and worse.

“I’m asking my doctor, he said you had to change something, something’s different. Well, there’s nothing different that I was doing than cooking in the water, drinking the water and bathing in the water,” Branch said.

Now, bottled water is her only source of water. Even with filters she doesn’t trust the tap water for anything except for flushing her toilet.

“I won’t even put it in the fish tank,” Branch said.

Even Branch’s cat won’t touch the water from the tap. He too drinks bottled water.

“We’re the bare minimum right now. We’re stripped down, down to nothing. It’s sad,” Branch said.

Branch said she’d like to see the governor use money to fix the problem in Flint. Although she knows it will take years to fix Flint.

“We have a rainy day fund, almost a billion dollars. It’s not raining in Flint, it’s flooding,” Branch said.

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