FLINT ( WJRT)- (12/3/15) - Inside the White House Export Council meeting Thursday, Congressmen Dan Kildee spoke loud and clear to President Obama's cabinet, America's top corporate CEO's and other lawmakers about Flint's water emergency and infrastructure problems plaguing the city.
" It's a city of 100,000 people, that for fourteen months had lead levels in its water system that were so high that 7,000 children under the age of five, for fourteen months, were explose to lead in a way that will affect the trajectory of their lives permanently," Representative Kildee said.
The Congressman, who is appointed to the board, also spoke about the importance of investing economically like Flint, which once stood as an industrial powerhouse, helping shape America's economic landscape.
" If we don't reinvest in our productive capacity, in our old industrial cities, we could have all the trade deals in the world, it won't make a difference. We've got to grow our economy for places like Flint, and Saginaw and Bay City. When you actually talk to a resident who can't get clean drinking water, or who has a sewer system that won't work. Or who has a street that is crumbling, and how it affects their individual life, that's when we really understand why this is a big problem," Representative Dan Kildee said.
Muhammad is one of those people. He's been living on the northside of Flint for 17 years and says the city's infrastructure is in desperate need of repair.
" The water main burst down the street about a block and a half away, which affected my water for a whole week. You could tell the pipes and infrastructure of the streets were no good and no doubt, not much no good now, Muhammad said.
While he's glad Flint's problems are reaching the White House...he's not very optimistic anything will get done.
" I think it's a good gesture, but if he doesn't have back up here, I don't think it's going to matter at all," Muhammad said.