President Obama Allocates $80 Million to Combat Flint Water Crisis

| January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Three days after visiting Michigan where he sat down with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and discussed the toxic water crisis president Obama announces that the federal government will provide the state of Michigan with $80 million in government assistance.

The city is currently in a public health state of emergency due to lead poisoning (and possibly Legionella) in the local water supply.

“Our children should not have to be worried about the water that they’re drinking in American cities,” President Obama said during the announcement. “That’s not something that we should accept.”


The predominately Black city has combated toxic levels of lead in its water for months, since the city began extracting its water from the Flint River and not Lake Huron. Residents have complained that the water smelled questionable and was causing rashes, but state officials insisted that it was safe. However, last year, high levels of lead were found in children’s bloodstreams.

Yesterday afternoon, Susan Hedman, a high-ranking Michigan Environmental Protection Agency employee, resigned after reports emerged claiming that she had ignored scientists who found that there were, indeed, high levels of lead in the city’s drinking supply.

On February 3, the U.S. House committee will conduct a hearing on the Flint water crisis. It is unclear whether Gov. Synder will be required to testify.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says that contrary to some reports, she has not called for Gov. Snyder to step down for his role in the city’s ongoing water crisis.

“It has come to our attention that some people are saying Mayor Weaver said “Governor Snyder should not resign.” That is not true,” reads the statement.

“To clarify, Mayor Weaver has stated that, “Governor Snyder must decide for himself whether he is going (to) step down,” notes the statement and that it’s “his call to make for the people.”

Snyder’s spokesman said the governor will not be stepping down over the Flint water crisis.

“Gov. Snyder said he is committed to fixing the problems in Flint,” Press Secretary Dave Murray said. “He has no plans to resign.”

An investigation is taking place at the local, state and federal levels “and whoever is found at fault should be held accountable, and if that includes the Governor so be it,” according to the mayor’s statement.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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