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State of Emergency Declared in Flint, Michigan

Posted by feww on December 15, 2015

Lead pollution affecting children and other residents in Flint

Flint Mayor Dr. Weaver has declared a state of emergency, calling on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners to conduct a Special Meeting before the end of December to tackle the water crisis, according to local reports.

Weaver says lead exposure is causing irreversible damage in children and would lead to some having learning difficulties.

“The City of Flint has experienced a Manmade disaster,” said the Mayor, proclaiming the State of Emergency.

“I am declaring a state of emergency in the incorporated boundaries of the city of Flint, Michigan.

“The city of Flint has experienced a man-made disaster” by switching to the use of the Flint River, she said.

“Flint children have experienced increased bloods lead levels since the switch to the Flint River.”

“This damage to children is irreversible and can cause effects to a child’s IQ, which will result in learning disabilities and the need for special education and mental health services and an increase in the juvenile justice system.

“This will increase the need for foster and adoptive parents as a result of social services needed due to the detrimental effects of the high blood lead levels.

“I am requesting that all things be done necessary to address this state of emergency declaration, effectively immediately. This action is being taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Flint.’

“Flint, a city of about 99,000 people, switched from Detroit’s water system while under state emergency financial management. The Flint River was supposed to be an interim source until the city could join a new system getting water from Lake Huron that is scheduled to be completed next year. But residents complained about the taste, smell and appearance of water coming into their homes and businesses from the Flint River, said a report.

Water samples from Flint, on the left, and Detroit. Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio


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