Flint switches back to Detroit water system, residents have mixed emotions

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/16/15)- Flint Mayor Dayne Walling announced Friday afternoon what thousands of Flint homeowners and businesses have been waiting to hear.

"We're connecting back to Detroit water," Walling said.

Detroit water began its first flush through Flint's pipes at 5 p.m. Friday. Leaders say the water contains corrosion control agents that helps prevent lead from leaching into the system. This comes nearly one month after independent researchers and medical professionals discovered elevated lead levels in children.

"I appreciate the legislature and the state's quick action on the issues when it was brought before them, but this was a crisis that should've never happened in the first place. Governor Snyder and the emergency managers caused this problem," Walling said.

"The Governor was not saying the water was OK. They continued to say we need to do some investigation to find out what's going on," said Pastor Allen Overton, with the Concerned Pastors of Social Action.

Overton marched and fought for lawmakers to switch the system. He is relieved, but still feels that the city should take some responsibility.

"We can't be satisfied. We have to get to the bottom of what happened and hold Mayor Walling and his administration accountable for what they've done to the City of Flint," Overton said.

In Downtown Flint, people have mixed emotions about the city's announcement.

"I'm glad it's going to start being better, even though it's going to take some time to smooth into being better," said Grand Blanc resident Michelle Cross.

"I think people are going to be a little apprehensive. But with time, everything will smooth out," said Flint resident Courtney Habbeln.

"I think it's a major first step to get something done since a year ago they told us the water was safe and ended up not being safe. So they've lost people's trust," said Jamie Zunita.

"We'll be able to reestablish trust. But still, with any type of government, you've got to earn it," said Gerald Barrett.

The city says it's going to take about three weeks for the Detroit water to make its way across the city.

City officials also want to alert residents not to be alarmed if you notice discoloration in the color of the water during the transition. Because the transition will take three weeks, please continue drinking bottled water and using your water filters.

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