A year ago, Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency because of lead-contaminated drinking water, attracting national outrage and sympathy, and millions of gallons of donated water.
But a year later donations have slowed to a trickle, and little has changed — unfiltered water here is still unsafe to drink.
With frigid temperatures and flurries swirling around outside, the crowd inside Flint’s downtown transit station ebbs and flows as buses come and go.
At the end of one bus terminal, 10 large pallets of bottled water stand about 4 feet tall. Keith Hill fills two bags with about 20 pounds of water bottles before making the long trek home.
He hates doing this.