Congress passes $170 million in assistance for Flint - WNEM TV 5

Congress passes $170 million in assistance for Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

One year after she declared a state of emergency, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is navigating her city through the ongoing water crisis.

"When we look at what we've accomplished in a year and while it felt like a long time, we've got a lot to have happened," Weaver said.

Her constituents still live off of bottled and filtered water as the city works to replace lead service lines. About 600 pipes have been replaced this year, but 29,000 could be contaminated - meaning it will take a lot of money and a lot of time.

Congress reacted by passing $170 million in assistance for Flint.

"We had to convince our colleagues in Congress, even though this was an issue that was created by the state government, we have people that are hurting. We have children that were poisoned. We have seniors that have been impacted by this," Senator Gary Peters said.

That money will go towards replacing lead service lines, childhood lead poisoning prevention and water infrastructure improvement projects.

"It means we've taken a big step forward to fixing the problem and providing justice to the people of Flint and most importantly, we gotta make it right," Congressman Dan Kildee said.

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