Flint residents watch Snyder's State of State skeptically

- It has been almost two years, since the people of Flint started complaining about the dirty water coming out their taps.

Gov. Rick Snyder offered another apology and owned up to the water crisis bearing the bulk of the responsibility of what is happening in Flint.

But that wasn't enough to fully restore the public trust.

It's Tuesday night at the Torch Bar and Grill in Flint. The beer was cold and the tempers hot.

"The only reason he cares now is because he (expletive) up," said Ray Diem.

Diem  has lived in Flint for 75 years. And he was not impressed with Gov. Rick Snyder's remarks on the water crisis in his State of the State address.

"Well that's great (Snyder plans to offer assistance)," Diem said. "I love that if it happens. But once the hoopla is over with, it probably won't happen."

Doubt runs deep in Flint where thousands of children were shown to have elevated levels of lead in their blood after a state appointed emergency manager approved a deal to switch the city's water source from Detroit to the Flint River

"They knew about the problems before anyone else knew about them," said John Guynn. "And they didn't do anything to prevent them from happening."

Snyder vowed to provide long term support for Flint. In the meantime he's sending more National Guard troops to the city.

He is appealing the President Barack Obama's refusal to declare a federal disaster there.

Snyder is asking the legislature for nearly $30 million that will, among other things, cover the cost of bottled water, national guardsmen and unpaid water bills because people here cannot drink it.

"He's committed to the long term solution to this," said resident Kathleen Gazall. "I think that will bring reassurance to people and residents in the city of Flint."

Snyder's mea culpa for Flint's water woes met mixed reviews.

"He's the guy that put the guy in here who did this thing," Diem said.

As did his promises.

FOX 2: "Given how this was handled initially, do you trust Gov. Snyder to do everything that he can and what's necessary to fix this problem?" 

"Given the issues up to this point," said resident Kip Darcy. "It's now become a collaborative effort. We've called in Washington DC so we don't have full trust in the state to solve it alone."

Their skepticism is strong. Their optimism stronger.

"We're  going to move forward and fix the problem and be Flint strong  because we have to," said one resident.

The big fix for Flint is replacing lead water lines underground. Mayor Karen Weaver says that would cost more than a billion dollars.

She just met with President Barack Obama but no word on if the white house will help make that happen.
 

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