I took this picture while visiting Flint Michigan Earlier this year 2016.
According to the Associated Press:
APRIL 2014: In an effort to save money, Flint begins drawing its water from the Flint River instead of relying on water from Detroit. The move is considered temporary while the city waits to connect to a new regional water system. Residents immediately complain about the smell, taste and appearance of the water, and raise health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems.
OCTOBER 2014: A General Motors engine plant stops using Flint water, saying it rusts parts.
JANUARY 2015: Detroit offers to reconnect Flint to its water system, but Flint leaders insist the water is safe.
MARCH: Flint promises to spend $2.24 million on immediate improvements to its water supply. Later in the month, city officials say water quality has improved and meets all state and federal standards for safety.
SEPT. 24: A group of doctors urges Flint to stop using the Flint River for water after finding high levels of lead in the blood of children. State regulators insist the water is safe.
SEPT. 29: Gov. Rick Snyder pledges to take action in response to the lead levels _ the first acknowledgment by the state that lead is a problem.
Now here comes the fall out of the sheer and utter lack of regard for HUMAN LIFE. Absolutely OUTRAGEOUS behavior and the two year response to rectify the situation is at the very least Criminal, Irresponsible and Appalling.
God help us. If it were not for celebrity bringing this topic two years after the crisis began- and pressing for media coverage, I’m afraid a people in Flint would be in dire perilous health situations by the mass number. Some celebrities that stepped up and hit the media circuit were Cher, Diddy, Snoop Dog, Big Sean, Michael Moore and Rainbow Push Coalition. Thank you.
It took two years to bring this situation to light 2014-2016 and begin to seek justice?
Thank God, people use their celebrity for a greater good.
Todays indictments is just the beginning of the fallout. Public Service is just that. When personal service is entangled with Public Service there is an improper imbalance and that imbalance will lead to a very slippery criminal slope. This was/is the case with the Flint Michigan’s water crisis and all those who were egregiously involved.
Who does this?!
I pray and hope for all the best to Flint Michigan and all its 99,700 plus residents.