Anger mounts in Flint as water crisis mounts

The water crisis in Flint could quickly turn into a very big legal battle.

People are upset and sick. Some are even looking to a higher power for help.

It will still be some time and many more tests before the people of flint know just how bad their bodies have been damaged from the toxic water, they were told was safe to drink and use.

"We need your help," said resident Claudie Majied. "I'm sick and so many of us here are sick. We need you to come down here and we need you to come help us."

Their pleas to local government leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder went ignored for more than a year, before the water was switched back after an effort to save money.

"All of my stomach last summer was just pink here," said resident Darryl Wilson. "And here's what's on my legs. I've got other spots all over."

At a community support meeting, they turn to prayer. Also in attendance at the meeting, another national environmental specialist who flew in to see just how bad the situation really is.

"I think it's very hard for me to accept that this is happening in the United States in 2016," said Farrest Taylor of the National Cochran Firm. "I mean, you just don't care about this, where you have where you have a  whole community's water system contaminated."

Taylor specializes in high-profile environmental cases, expecting the backlash and the lawsuits from the water crisis to be historical.

"We hear about contaminated water in Third World countries, where their polluted and they've got diseases," said Sheldon Miller of the Michigan Cochran Firm. "This one has those but in addition lead. That causes brain damage for children."

A state of emergency; children have high levels of lead in their blood, the pipes in houses, too damaged for people to sell and move and now, a spike in people dying of legionaries disease, likely due to the water.

"I am still losing chunks of hair, I have scabs," said Tony Palladeno, who lives in Flint.

The people are told, the water is safe with a government supplied filter, but many don't believe that to be true.

A water donation drive by FOX 2 and iHeart Media is being held at Kroger at 13 Mile and Woodward between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 16. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

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