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Flint marks eight years since start of the water crisis

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A lot has happened in the 8 years since then Flint Mayor Dayne Walling flipped the switch on Flint's water source

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -  A lot has happened in the eight years since former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling flipped the switch on Flint's water source.

It was that action that sparked what has become the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

From emergency, to crisis, and now recovery, there has been unimaginable pain and even deadly consequences resulting from the flip of a switch. 

It all started April 25, 2014. The city was under emergency management by the state and it was decide by the emergency manager to switch the city's water source from Detroit to The Flint River.

Former Mayor Dayne Walling flipped the switch.

The switch was supposed to save money for the city, but it ended up being a costly switch in more ways than one.

Residents immediately began to complain about the smell, taste and appearance of the water, and raise health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems.

Officials insisted the water was safe.

More than a year later in September of 2015, Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha discovered increased blood levels in children.

In December of 2015, Flint officials declared a state of emergency and less than a month later on January 5, 2016, former Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of Emergency in Flint because of the water crisis.

Later that month, Michigan health officials reported an increase in Legionnaires disease cases, some deadly, in Genesee County.

Between April 2016 and July 2017, 15 people were charged in connection with Flint's tainted water including former Governor Rick Snyder.

More than 10,000 pipes have been replaced. The city has until the end of the year to replace the remaining 18 hundred pipes.

April 25, 2022 marks the eighth anniversary of the crisis, in which residents say Flint is still broken.

"We still can't drink the water, we still are not being made whole and so ah we got a lot more work to do," said Claire McClinton, Flint Water Coalition. 

In 2019, all pending criminal cases were dropped and the process started over.

Currently, civil and criminal court cases tied to the water emergency are still playing out.

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