Michigan lawmakers jump in to help National Guard in Flint


FLINT, MI (WLNS) –  Lawmakers had their boots on the ground to join the troops in Flint Monday.

“We’re to help and observe. See what the needs are on the ground.  That’s why we’re here.  That’s the only way you know what’s going on is by going door to door and hear from the people of Flint what’s going on,” said Rep. Holly Hughes (R), Montague.

Rep. Hughes joined several other lawmakers to see what more needs to be done if it means getting in there themselves.

Rep. Gary Glenn (R), Larkin Township said, “I think from this point forward the end game as to be to focus on resolving the problems and removing the health threat and then of course making sure nothing like this ever happens again in any community in Michigan.”

After lawmakers were introduced to the situation here in Flint, they were quick and able to jump in and help.

“We wanted to come out today and get an opinion from the experts of what might need to be done and to strengthen the response,” said Rep. Tom Barrett (R), Potterville.

More work needs to be done to regain the city’s trust.

“There’s no magic wand that we can wave to restore the city’s trust of the people here in Flint.  I think it’s going to be an ongoing process.  I think it’s going to take outreach to community leaders. I think it’s going to take faith based approaches.  I think it’s going to take outsiders validating the data that the state of Michigan presents as evidence that the water is finally safe to drink and then that might go toward restoring that faith people have,” said Rep. Barrett.

Representatives vow to resolve this crisis, in their words, to save the city.

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