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Outrage and Questions at Flint Water Crisis Town Hall

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Flint mayor Karen Weaver talks at Town Hall meeting on April 20, 2017.

Questions and outrage during a town hall meeting of the Flint Water Crisis that went well into the night.

Residents of Flint gave an earful to city and state leaders at a town hall on Thursday night.

Mayor Karen Weaver held the public meeting just days after making her recommendation that the city of Flint continue getting its drinking water from the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Three years ago, the city switched to a different water source which corroded pipes. Many residents, including children, ingested lead. The city switched back to the GLWA.

Some attendees complained that not enough has been done to purify Flint's water since the crisis began.

“How are we going to protect people when they’re in their showers and when they’re washing their clothes," said one woman. “I’m not trying to be rude.. but people are going to continue getting sick and possibly die.”

Some Flint residents also questioned the amount they pay for water considering they are still dealing with health issues from the corroded pipes.

Another audience member wanted to know what long term health programs are in place to monitor people who ingested lead.

Flint native Rich Baird, an aide to Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), said he understood the mistrust of government leaders.

"There is absolutely no reason for people to be trusting until they see day in and day out consistency in behavior and putting things together in ways that are a tangible difference and actually address the problems that people have," said Baird.

Mayor Weaver told the crowd that city leaders reviewed 12 different scenarios for future water sources but staying with GLWA was the safest plan.

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