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Federal aid for water crisis dries up

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Michigan’s picking up the tab.

August 14th marked the end of the federally declared emergency in Flint but the need for water bottles and filters certainly is not.

That leaves many residents of the vehicle city fearful their resources will run dry but government officials tell citizens not to fret.

“Bottled water will continue to be supplied by the State of Michigan for residents beyond the August 14th date,” Mayor Karen Weaver said.

Instead, the tab is being picked up by someone else at the table - the State of Michigan.

Many in Flint are hesitant, though, and believe Michigan officials are to blame for the crisis in the first place.

“At this point, I think we have to help. The state, the federal government has some helpful resources but seems like something that needs to be done soon,” Chris Webster said.

Some of the people said the state knew this moment was coming and it's time to step up and pay for the tab.

“Being that Michigan is such an industrial state I think we should have prepared for some of these funds to be available. Federal money can help, but it's time for the state,” Webster said.

Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards, who originally exposed the lead problem, said Thursday there's positive trends in the current situation but he still urges residents to use filtered and bottled water.

Since the Federal Emergency was declared in January, FEMA has provided over 9.3 million liters of water and over 50,000 water filters.

It's these necessary items for Flint that residents hope the state continues to pay long term and according to the governor, for now at least, they will.

“August 15 will be just like August 14 in respect to services for water,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. 

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