National attention is on Flint with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's town hall meeting

FLINT, Mich. – The satellite trucks and TV cameras from MSNBC’s "Rachel Maddow Show" rolled into Flint and set up shop at The Holmes Stem Academy for a town hall meeting on Flint’s water crisis.

The guest list was invite only. While there were many professional politicians in the crowd, there were real people in attendance that are dealing with the fallout of having too much lead in their water.

“I’m here because I’m concerned about getting something done because this is ridiculous,” said the Rev. Edward Anderson.

Gov. Rick Snyder hosted a tele-town hall meeting earlier where 8,000 people phoned into the call to listen to what is next for Flint.

Next for Flint is more bottled water, more National Guard, a dedicated office to be opened and staffed by the governor’s top appointee and a whole lot more testing. 

State health officials are reiterating it is safe to bathe in the water, although there have been plenty of reports of skin rashes which are not scientifically linked to lead.

Meanwhile $28 million in a first round of state monies for the beleaguered city is expected to pass through the state Senate on Wednesday.

The following pictures were drawn by students at The Holmes Stem Academy:

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