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Michigan governor Rick Snyder asks the federal government to rescue Flint from water-poisoned nightmare

Michigan’s governor has asked President Barack Obama for federal aid to combat the fallout from lead-contaminated drinking water.

Governor Rick Synder said in a statement on Thursday that he requested aid in Genesee County to protect the safety of its residents. He has also sent the Michigan National Guard to distribute bottled water and other supplies to residents, earlier in the week.

Roughly 60 miles from Detroit, Flint is one of the most cash-strapped towns in the entire state. The city’s principalities switched its source of tap water from Detroit’s system to the nearby Flint River in early 2014 in a way to save money.

After several tests in October to the city’s new water supply, officials have found elevated levels of lead and in the blood of some children. Research has also shown the corrosive river water leached lead from the city pipes, therefore leading to the issue at hand.

“We are utilizing all state resources to ensure Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water,” Snyder said, “and today I am asking President Obama to provide additional resources as our recovery efforts continue.”

Snyder’s request could include grants for temporary housing, home repairs and other needs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency of “FEMA” will review the request.

Related link: After poisoning them with lead, Flint sends its citizens a message: ‘Your water bill is past due’

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said on Friday that he would investigate to see if any laws were violated to result in such a crisis.

“No one should have to fear something as basic as turning on the kitchen faucet,” he said.

Flint residents were left with water declared undrinkable due to the lead contamination and are preparing to sue city officials. The lawsuit filed in Genesee County court seeks class action status covering all residents.

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  1. FRANK

    January 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    First of all, Gov Rick Snyder caused this disaster in a cover up! Secondly why should the rest of us pay for his mess? The only reason I would agree to it is because of the innocent citizens need our help. Lastly, Republicans have denied aid and assistance to other states during major disasters, yet seem to feel it’s OK to ask for help when they need it. How about compassion for others first and than they will be willing to help you in a time of need. Why can’t Republicans see that we’re all in this crazy world together? There have been studies that show how conservatives tend to have less compassion for others than any other group. Once again Snyder is proving the point!

  2. Stan Ubeki

    January 16, 2016 at 6:35 am

    It should be noted that the “Mayor” of Flint is not the person democratically elected by the voters. Since 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has annulled the elections of twelve Mayors (Including Detroit, Flint, Benton Harbor) and dissolved five school districts (Wayne County & Detroit Public Schools). These institutions are currently administered by “Emergency Managers” appointed by him.

    Yes, you read that right. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder annulled the positions of more than a dozen democratically elected officials.

    Class action law suits have been filed against Flint’s two successive Emergency Managers, Darnell Early and Jerry Ambrose, the perpetrators of Flint’s poison water emergency. Based on public records (newspaper quotes and investigative journalism) It is quite clear that their decisions were driven by economics rather than science. They were repeatedly advised that the path they took would lea to what has happened.

    Now that his disaster is in full national view, Snyder has returned all power to duly elected Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. She will essentially serve as his political human shield

    Many are calling for Snyder’s resignation and prosecution.

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