Michigan Governor takes ‘Full Responsibility’ to fix Flint water crisis
(ABC NEWS) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder apologized to the citizens of Flint, saying he would take “full responsibility” for fixing the toxic water crisis in the town.
“Your families face a crisis,” the governor said during his State of the State address. “A crisis you did not create and could not have prevented.”
Snyder called the situation a “catastrophe” that no citizen should have to endure and promised to release all of his emails from 2014 and 2015 regarding Flint to the public.
“I’m sorry I let you down,” he said. “You deserve better.”
Elevated lead levels were found in the water supply in Flint after the city disconnected from Detroit’s water line to save money and began drawing water from the Flint river in 2014. The move was intended to be a stop-gap measure until the pipeline to Port Huron Lake was completed for Flint’s municipal water.
Improperly treated water from the Flint River allowed lead to leach from the pipes, officials said. On Saturday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint after a request by Snyder on Thursday.