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Flint residents frustrated with state, federal lawmakers

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Lawmakers have about a month before they go on summer break and many residents hope they will pass additional money for Flint before they break.

"It takes money to make change," said Lynn Luelen, Flint resident.

She is one of the thousands of residents impacted by the Flint water crisis and unfortunately she doesn't see an end in sight.

"It's almost to the point of just numbed by the situation. You know, people are just tolerating it. They don't believe that anything is going to change," Luelen said.

Discussions by state lawmakers to send emergency funding to the city hasn't done much to convince some Flint residents that real change is on the way.

"We got all the celebrities talking about us, but we're not seeing any progress. So it would be good to see the progress and see some changes happening besides donating water bottles," said Latashia Perry, Flint resident.

Mayor Karen Weaver said Flint has received $65 million in state and federal aid so far. That money was used for water bill credits, filters, bottled water and other services.

She said she's looking for another $260 million in aid. That money would be used for lead line and galvanized lead line replacement, among other things.

"That won't be the end all be all, but that would be a really good start for us," Weaver said.

Weaver said she's frustrated the funding hasn't arrived yet, but she vows to keep doing what she can to get those dollars to Flint.

"We've got to continue to have these conversations and get what we need. Has it been quickly enough? We'd all say no, but we still need it to happen," Weaver said.

Randi Morrow is like thousands of people dealing with the water crisis. She insists her daughter has health issues because of the lead tainted water.

Morrow wants to see more money sent to her hometown to fix the water. She doesn't think the nation's leaders understand how serious the situation is.

"How would you guys feel if these were your kids? I want you President Obama and Michelle to come here and take a bath for a week and see what it does to your skin, not just taking a sip of water," Morrow said.

Weaver said she is also frustrated.

"I can't turn my water tap on either, so I'm in the same boat with everybody else. And I'm frustrated, but I still have to stay focused on getting these resources and these services in," Weaver said.

Weaver believes President Obama, who visited Flint earlier this month, is trying to address the water crisis.

"He's been sending some resources. He's going to continue to send some resources. One of the things he also talked about was when some of that state money opens up, that's when the federal money kicks in," Weaver said.

As for Morrow, she said she's looking forward to the day when her family can turn on the tap and trust what comes out.

"Well, it would be awesome to give my 3-year-old a bath and not be like, 'oh my God, don't drink the water,'" Morrow said.

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