FACES OF FLINT: Winter weather makes water crisis worse for resi - WNEM TV 5

FACES OF FLINT: Winter weather makes water crisis worse for residents

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The impending snow storm is bringing along a new set of challenges for Flint families struggling with the water crisis.

"It's cold in here. None of the registers really work at all. You have to like, at night, we sleep in the living room just to stay warm," said Judy Couch, Flint resident.

Every week Couch heads over to Dort Highway's water distribution site to collect as many cases of water as she can carry.

"I have to. I have to go get it. And we're supposed to get a snowstorm later tonight. I have to go out and get some more water," Couch said.

Residents are worried about getting injured from the snow and ice on their way to collect water.

"It's just hard because they don't put no salt down. You know, I fell on the steps already. I slipped on the steps. I fell on my tailbone. There's no salt," Couch said.

Snow covered steps lead to dark hallways at the apartment complex where Couch lives on Lapeer Road. Heat is included in her rent, but she said it isn't set high enough to keep the family warm.

She was using an oven to keep her, her daughter and infant grandson warm. They fear of going outside in the freezing temperatures.

"I don't wanna get hurt and I don't want my daughter to get hurt carrying her baby out and falling with him," Couch said.

She moved into the Lapeer Gardens complex in June. She said she has asked her landlord to fix the issues to no avail.

"I'm going to have to tough it out for a while. I wish I could move," Couch said.

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