After filter distribution, why some couldn't make it to get relief

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FLINT ( WJRT) - (10/04/15) - 2,700 water filters were given out Saturday at the University of Michigan-Flint's Recreation Center.

At first, only those most at risk were given filters, but by a couple hours in, any Flint resident could come.

Still, there were 1,300 filters left at the end of the day, leading some to ask - why?

At River Park Apartments in Flint, a public housing complex, we found many people just didn't know the filter distribution was going on.

"Well, we didn't hear about it until the last minute," said resident Natia Anderson.

"I didn't hear about it until a few minutes ago," said resident Lonnie Williams.

The Genesee County Health Department made the announcement late Friday morning, less than 24 hours before the actual event.

Organizations like the United Way of Genesee County and UM-Flint worked tirelessly with the Health Department to make sure Saturday's giveaway went smoothly.

It did, with 2,700 filters being given out.

Now, there are still people in Flint who don't have filters, including some of those most at risk - families with young children.

"I have four kids," Anderson said.

"One, three and five," said Tonjanika Harris, saying the ages of her three kids.

Others did know filters were being handed out, but couldn't get there.

"I didn't have transportation. Most of the people out here don't have transportation. As you can see, there's a lot of apartments out there and you can see, what, seven cars?" Anderson said.

Still, others just couldn't make it if they wanted to support their family.

"I was at work," Harris said.

There are some plans in the works to distribute more filters, especially to those most in need.

In the meantime, people at River Park Apartments are having to make due with bottled water.

"Bottled waters are mandatory right now. Limited on using any water but bottled water right now," Williams said.

"It's just frustrating all the way around," Harris said.



 
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