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Fri Jan 22, 2016, 07:36 PM

 

New Crisis For Flint Residents: Cost Of Home Damage Caused By City Water

Source: Washington Post

By Mark Guarino January 22 at 5:56 PM

If a lead-laced water supply wasn’t enough to deal with, many residents of Flint, Mich., face a new crisis: Replacing the water heaters, pipes and even the service lines to their homes that may have been destroyed by the city’s water.

And for now, it’s unclear whether they will receive any help in covering those costs.

“I hope and pray they start releasing some money,” said homeowner Arthur Woodson, a disabled veteran who lives in a house like many in Flint: built with lead plumbing that, until the city switched to a new water source in 2014, was considered safe.

For residents who already fear their health has been compromised by the water, the emerging related costs are adding to the anxiety, especially considering Flint, a city of 100,000, is among the poorest of its size in the country. The city has for years been dealing with unemployment rates that exceed the national average. With the water crisis now filling daily headlines, many in Flint say banks are refusing to offer refinancing that could free up money to pay for the retrofitting, and that the costs are not covered by insurance.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/new-crisis-for-flint-residents-cost-of-home-damage-caused-by-city-water/2016/01/22/1e26df0c-c145-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html

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Purveyor Jan 2016 OP
Siwsan Jan 2016 #1
Purveyor Jan 2016 #3
Siwsan Jan 2016 #5
roamer65 Jan 2016 #6
Siwsan Jan 2016 #7
busterbrown Jan 2016 #4
katsy Jan 2016 #2
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 07:41 PM

1. And good luck to anyone trying to sell their house

The hits just keep on coming.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 07:50 PM

3. Sadly the people of Flint are stuck there. Who the hell would

 

buy a house/property with this hanging over the area.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 08:02 PM

5. Even though I'm in the township, I worry this will affect me selling my house

Flint Township never switched from the Detroit system but there is still the name "Flint" attached. The one big save, for me, might be that I have a well.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 08:45 PM

6. The township will probably change its name after this fiasco, Siwsan.

Can't say I would blame them.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 08:46 PM

7. There was a movement to do that, several years ago but I was against it

I have a lot of fierce Flint pride. But still........ Such a noble city being turned into such a massive disaster is heartbreaking.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 08:01 PM

4. 6 Trillion total over the next 4 yrs?

The total expense of the Iraq war? Find the fucking money to fix this..Soup to Nuts!!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 07:49 PM

2. There are days when I just wish

we were allowed to sue our politicians/elected officials right into poverty or jail. Not that it would solve the big problems they can cause... Just as a deterrent to stupid running for office.

Just sayin

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2016, 11:42 PM

8. I believe President Obama declared it a federal disaster area.

In 2011, we were hit by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. I wrote this at the time:

Our faith in our government was restored in the past month, after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee made their way across the Northeast. We consider ourselves very lucky. We sustained major damage to our property, but nobody was injured. Our house was mostly undamaged, except for some flooding in our basement. We have seen the devastation that our neighbors and nearby towns suffered, and we count our blessings.

Like most Americans, we remember the haunting images of Katrina and its aftermath. We remember the formaldehyde-laden trailers. We remember the Superdome, the failed levees, the complete indifference and political infighting. We remember “Heck of a job, Brownie” as the hallmark of government incompetence.

It took three weeks for my insurance company to bother to send an adjuster to our house after the August storms, and we’re still fighting with them over what, in the grand scheme of things, is a minor claim to them. We have experienced insurance claims in the past – minor fender benders and the like – and they are typically businesslike, bureaucratic processes that, in the end, leave you feeling worn out but hopefully at least compensated for your loss. It’s always a fight, it’s always stressful, and we’ve certainly never felt whole afterwards.

We contrast this with our experience dealing with FEMA. On Friday, September 9th, we went online to DisasterAssistance.gov and filled out a simple form requesting help. Two days later, on a Sunday – and not just any Sunday, but the 10th anniversary of the WTC attacks – the nicest gentleman from FEMA came to our house, surveyed our property, asked whether we had all of the basic necessities to get by; a working stove, furnace, clean water, dehumidifiers to prevent mold growth, and so on. He explained that FEMA’s job was not to rebuild everything, but to ensure we could get through the immediate crisis. The very next day, we received an email from FEMA telling us they were offering us a grant to help pay for the cost of ensuring that our appliances were all safe and functional, and to help rebuild our completely destroyed driveway. Through direct deposit, the money was in our bank account 48 hours later.

The gentleman from FEMA made sure to point us to all of the other resources available to us to help with the rest of our recovery. The SBA offered us a long-term, low-interest rate loan to help us repair our land, remove debris, and make everything nice again. They included funds to help prevent future disasters. The IRS extended filing deadlines for people in disaster areas. Crisis counseling is available to help people cope with the stress. Social Security and the Veterans Administrations are there to help make sure people don’t have to suffer any delays of services, and to expedite benefits claims. Unemployment Assistance is there for people who are unable to work because of disasters. And all of these services were made accessible after filling out one simple online form, or just by calling (800) 621-3362. At every step of the way, we were made to feel that we were citizens, and that they were there to serve our needs, and to help us weather our personal storm and to come out the other side undamaged, both physically and emotionally.

This is truly government of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is how it is supposed to work. All of the hardworking staff at FEMA, SBA, IRS, and all of the other agencies are working tirelessly to help those people truly in need, and they all deserve our thanks and support.


It is my hope that the residents of Flint receive the same level of support that I did in 2011. Sometimes, the system does work.

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