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As President Barack Obama prepares to travel to Flint, Michigan to address the water crisis, residents told NBC News they hope the visit will spark change “by shining a light on the nightmare they’ve been living for two years.”

During the visit Wednesday, Obama will tour a food bank, take part in a roundtable discussion about the lead-contaminated water crisis, meet with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, and speak to an estimated 1,000 people at Flint Northwestern High School, the report says.

From NBC News:

Laura MacIntyre says she’s still sponge bathing her children and has been continually disappointed by the state response to the water crisis. She hopes the President’s trip will finally bring change.

“Obama could make us a priority,” MacIntyre said.


“It’s been hell,” said Lulu Brezzell, who’s been drinking bottled water and taking two minute showers along with her three children. Her oldest daughter, 8-year-old Amariyanna Copeny, sparked the president’s visit with a letter, where she asked to meet with him.

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