FLINT, Mich. (WJBK) - The mayor of Flint is planning a trip to our nation's capital to try and get President Barack Obama's attention.
Mayor Karen Weaver knows there's not a permanent solution to the toxic water crisis. As people struggle to get clean water, she's taking her problem to the very top of the government mountain.
"We've got to do something. Flint deserves more than what we've gotten. We need more help. We need more financial assistance. We need more resources," Weaver said.
Before she goes to Washington though, she got a surprise visit from Governor Rick Snyder on Friday. She thinks it went well.
"My gut reaction, it was a positive meeting. We're still continuing to roll out what our needs are, (that's) what we talked about today was primarily. We have a long list. We have a long list that we're putting together, and we'll be getting that to him as quickly as possible, probably over the weekend."
She hopes that President Obama will come to Flint to see the the problem for himself. The details of the trip are still being worked out, but Mayor Weaver is planning to go next week, and says it's possible President Obama could make his way to Flint during his visit to Detroit for the Auto Show.
"We want him to see first hand like it was important for the Governor to come to the City of Flint and see what was going on and see every thing we were dealing with, so that's what we're hoping to have happen," Weaver said.
The mayor says bottled water and other supplies have come from Lansing, private organizations in and out of state, and the UAW. Governor Synder says more local power needs to be given to Mayor Weaver in order to handle the water crisis in Flint, but it has to be voted on and approved.
Weaver says 100 state employees will be out this weekend giving bottled water to the people in this city.