Outrage over water crisis, 2 years later - WNEM TV 5

Outrage over water crisis, 2 years later

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

At the 2-year mark of the switch to the Flint River for water, there’s still very little trust of the tap.

“Only thing the water is good for is just flushing, sir,” said Regina Banks. The Flint woman carried out her weeks’ worth of water bottles to the curb to be recycled.

“Two years, I thought it was three, excuse me.”

A man-made disaster that is wearing on the near 100,000 people living here.

And a finish line appears nowhere in sight.

On the anniversary of the ill-fated switch from Detroit to the Flint River the City Council met.

They voted to extend the State of Emergency and to send a letter to the governor asking for continued aid to help people pay their water bills.

They also heard from Scott Smith of Water Defense, who claims his independent testing shows there could be questions about the safety of bathing and showering in the water.

“The accurate statement is we don’t know whether it’s safe to bathe or shower, because there has been no comprehensive testing of bath and shower water. It’s time to sit side-by-side with the EPA, admit what we don’t know and focus on the irrefutable science,” said Smith.

There continue to be plenty of unknowns, and as we continue digging for answers, bottled water is something some say is the only sure thing.

“This is not the end all solution you know. It’s a band aid, but it’s a continuous band aid until the problem gets taken care of correctly,” said Pastor Jeff Hawkins a community activist.

And 2-years later, fixing the problem is the most important thing people in Flint want.

“With Channel 5 and others who are keeping this alive for us, and a voice for the community, is extremely important.”

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