Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver speaks on Jan. 5, 2016, after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in the city over problems with lead in the drinking water. (Conor Ralph/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
100,000 men, women, children and infants live in Flint. How many more were visitors, friends or family who came to see their family and friends? How many drank the water? How many cooked with the water? How many bathed in the water? How many thought using a water tap filter or boiling the water would clean and clear things up? And then went on drinking, cooking and bathing in the water? How many people ate in restaurants serving or preparing dinners or washing dishes in lead poisoned water? How many people washed their hands with lead poisoned water before dining in a local restaurant? OVER 100,000 people live and work in the City of Flint. 100,000 people. Who should they see about all this? Who should make it right? Can it ever be made right? – JLS
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) declared a state of emergency in Flint because of high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. The action came hours after the U.S. Justice Department told reporters that it is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the situation.
Snyder, in his declaration, said, “The damaged water infrastructure and leaching of lead into the city’s water caused damage to public and private water infrastructure, and has either caused or threatened to cause elevated blood lead levels, especially in the population of children and pregnant women, and causing a potential immediate threat to public health and safety and disrupting vital community services.”
With this declaration, it will be possible for Snyder to request federal aid should he find that state and local resources are insufficient.
The proclamation Tuesday came hours after the U.S. Justice Department confirmed it was investigating the city’s water crisis.