Flint residents react to water crisis

FLINT, MI (WLNS) – Governor Snyder asked the president to re-consider the denial of his request for a federal disaster declaration in Flint.

On Wednesday the governor submitted his appeal and says the “considerable” needs brought by the disaster “exceed the funding capabilities of state and local government.”

6 News Joe Gebhardt went to Flint Wednesday to get reaction.

“Wished I would have moved out 27, 30 years ago,” said Steve Marme, Flint resident.

Nearly 24 hours after Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address, many people are weighing in on what needs to be done. But, is it going to be enough?

“I’m sure that as this process goes on there will be a need to reassess resources to ensure that we’re doing the best we can. The governor was very clear about that last night and I know that he has made a request to the federal government, not all of which is completely supported by the federal government… I know there’s an appeal going forward on that issue,” said Congressman Mike Bishop (R), Michigan.

Ranging from class-action lawsuits to money appropriations, Representative Bishop warns that the mission to right Flint needs all hands on deck.

“There is an all-out effort to bring as many resources as possible to the, to the issue.”

Even with the resources available right now, Flint residents feel slighted.

“Uhh, it’s sad that an entire city is being polluted with bad water and breaks my heart,” said Mike Case, Flint resident.

“It’s crazy that we bathin’ in it and they kinda like under shut it like, man there’s nothing really going on, you can bathe in it. Come to find out you aren’t even supposed to be bathin’ in it,” said Suthai Maxwell, Flint resident.

Even so, some residents are still hopeful

“I love my city…and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world, but I just can’t believe this is happening here in Flint.”

Flint residents are definitely read for life to clear up and return back to normal.

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