Seven National Guard members pass out water in Flint

- The Governor's rhetoric is not doing much to quiet the growing fury in Flint.

Gov. Rick Snyder called in the National Guard to assist those helping to get bottled water and filters to the people of Flint.

Just seven members of the National Guard showed up to help the nearly 100,000 people in Flint.

"All we have is water, no filters," said a Red Cross member to a Flint resident. "It will be coming in sometime today."

"We are here to hand out water and help out local authorities to pass out water to community members," said Sgt. Stephen Robel, National Guard.

"Flint needs it, it is a must," said Flint resident Roderick Derring.

A must due to the fact that high levels of lead were found in Flint's water system after the city switched to using the Flint River as its water source in 2014.

"It's detrimental to our children," said Kristal Fuqua, a mother worried about lead in her four kids.

And what the governor is doing is mandating no drinking the water unless it's filtered or bottled in the city of Flint until further notice.  And the mayor and the governor are talking.

"I've been in constant communication with Lansing about what we need," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. "That we need more. I think that's why the National Guard got here because we needed more help than what the Red Cross could provide. This is a daunting task to take on."

And Flint has five fire houses and each will be staffed with at least one member of the National Guard to assist Red Cross and other volunteers.

Seems most of the mayor's time is with water.

"Most of my time is on the water, but that's the priority," Weaver said. "That is the main focus we have right now because this is a disaster for Flint."

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