Flint Water Crisis never truly ended

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Some Flint residents mistrust government actions after the Flint Water Crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm, everyone focusing all their attention on the growing problem.

Millions of dollars have gone into finding resources to help states around the U.S. accommodate thousands of COVID-19 cases.

But, that same attention has dwindled for Flint residents who are still concerned about their water.

In 2014, state officials smiled at the new pipes that were implemented into the pipe system that would benefit Flint residents in the long run.

Mayor Dayne Walling at the time was proud of the hard work that went into it.

Residents complained of the water looking brown and smelling off, but they were ultimately ignored.

We would soon later found out that those pipes leached high levels of lead into Flint residents water causing lead poisoning.

A state of emergency was issued and all attention was focused on the city of Flint.

Cases of bottled water were donated to help the inflicted families and money was given to help fix the pipes.

The state now insists that the water is at a safe drinking level now, after replacing many of the pipes that were used.

But, deep down, there is a problem that still exists.

Many residents of the Flint area still do not trust the government and the claim the water is safe.

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The complete disregard of citizens’ concerns is a driving force to the distrust.

Flint citizens do not trust their government as much as they had before. They feel they have been lied to.

The Michigan government failed the city of Flint by causing harm to its citizens and instituting mistrust into the community.

The mistrust that they have caused has damaged the faith Michigan citizens have in their government.

It is mind-boggling that the Michigan government let this occur.

Citizens of Flint have every right to still be angry.

But we can only wait and see if the damage done will heal.

Or never fade away.

The featured image of this story is from flickr.

This story was updated Saturday, May 23, at 11:17 p.m.