How the water crisis impacts residents with disabilities - WNEM TV 5

How the water crisis impacts residents with disabilities

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Daily trips to get bottled water has become a reality for residents of Flint, but for those living with a disability, it can be one of the most daunting tasks of their day.

“It's hard for me to get water, lift water, even though I have transportation,” Sushila Mitchell said.

Mitchell has a rod in her spine and said getting water from distribution sites is hard, as well as embarrassing.

“It's pretty difficult as far as having your kids lift the water because I'm not able to lift the water, and they're 11 and 12-years-old,” she said.

Her story is not uncommon.

TV5 spoke with multiple people with disabilities living in Flint through the crisis. They said for them, it makes it even harder.

“Trying to carry them in, my back would hurt. And my daughter couldn't carry them at all, so I'm doing two houses, upstairs, and it's not easy at all,” Debbie Sparks said.

Until this crisis is over, the pain for Flint residents and those who are struggling with disabilities will drag on.

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