Flint water crisis

President Obama signed an emergency order on Saturday, clearing the way for federal aid to fix the manmade water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

According to published reports, Flint's municipal water supply became contaminated after the city switched its water source from the Detroit water treatment system to the Flint River in 2014.

Flint residents flooded social media with photos of discolored tap water, which officials said was safe to drink.

But residents complain that the water contains high levels of lead and other contaminants. CBS News reports 10 residents have died and another 87 people were diagnosed with pneumonia-like illnesses since Flint made the switch. The cases are not officially linked to the contaminated water.

Before signing the emergency order, Obama described Flint, Michigan as an "impoverished area", where the city's tap water leached lead from corrosive pipes. The feds estimate it will cost $41 million to clean up Flint's water supply.

Meanwhile, the National guard began distributing bottled water and water filtering supplies to residents.

Celebrities such as Cher and Meek Mill have also pitched in by donating cash to the impoverished city.

Collection sites have been set up in major cities to receive donations of bottled water and water filters.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital, is credited with bringing the problem to the public's attention after health officials dismissed her complaints.

"It was frustrating that it went on for so long," Hanna-Attisha told CBS News. "Everything has been slow."

"The state was telling everybody, 'It's fine, relax. It's safe,'" said community activist Melissa Mays. "They lied."


  • YouWearItWell

    Very disturbing!
    It appears that all the city's pipes will need to be replaced. Glad to see celebrities offering their help.

  • Too Many Colors

    Celebrities such as Cher and Meek Mill have also pitched in by donating cash to the impoverished city.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Non celebs too. Give them their props too. Dearborn which is next door to Flint, has a HUGE Muslim community. They sent 30,000 bottles of water and money too.

    God bless them.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I'm curious how long it will actually take to clean their water supply. Will it take weeks? Months? I hope the money/supplies people are donating spread far and people get what they need.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    I'm glad the american public is helping out.

  • MookieFly

    Seeing is believing! No way in hell would I go near that piss water. I feel so bad for the residents of Flint. I'm glad some celebs and others are stepping in for once. Is there a place to donate money?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    I want to know more about what happened here. It's obvious somebody is lying because that water had to be tested on a regularly ie weekly basis.

    Welcome to Syria, oops I meant Flint, Michigan

  • Too Many Colors

    I am too. HOW do they get water WHILE its being fixed?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Hey y'all.

    Bye y'all.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    ERIN BROCKOVICH WAS A DAMN GOOD MOVIE...THIS MAKES ME SO GRATEFUL FOR MEMPHIS WATER AND THAT AQUIFER.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Thank You Sandra! I knew you would come through ;)

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Don't leave I just got here

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Here we go!!! Scrolls back up...

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Exactly! I pray people will continue to give generously until the issue is resolved.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Celebrities such as Cher and Meek Mill have also pitched in by donating cash to the impoverished city.

    ________--

    Nice ..... meanwhile Jada running round town talking bout the Oscars ... catch them T's ...

  • mzwhang90210

    This is unreal. In THIS day and age?

  • Too Many Colors

    I want people jailed behind this. Somebody knew. A lot of folks knew. And put those folks out there like this.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Not the Muslims.... runs out of the blog. *sarcasm*

  • Nelleoftheball

    Too little too late IMO, Lord Jesus please help these people

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I wouldn't even want to bathe in that water either ... jeez

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    CITY, COUNTY AND STATE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD ALL HAVE A WORK ETHIC ENTRY EXAM TO WEED OUT THE LAZY ASSES WHO COLLECT A CHECK AND DO NOTHING. THERE IS NO WAY IN THE WORLD ANYBODY SHOULD HAVE WATER THAT LOOKS LIKE THAT.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    OMG!!! Is that Urine?!!!! That is disgusting...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Better late than never is what I say .... unreal to be living this way for for 2yrs wow

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I bet it has a scent to it too

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    In Baltimore, I know people who sued the city for lead poisoning. When they turned 18 they got tens of thousands.

    They would grind them teeth at night though...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    YUCK !

  • mzwhang90210

    Auntie didn't shade the POTUS in this write up????
    I must've missed something...lemme go back & look closer

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    from what I read they were advised to stay away from the water :( No cooking, boiling, teeth brushing, bathing, NOTHING!!!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    More like YIKES!!!!!!!!! Lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Gurrrrl

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    According to CNN a lot of people knew. I read the people have been complaining about the water supply since they changed over in April 2014. They were trying to save money.
    This is the freaking United States of America. Not a third world country. Damn!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    She know his time is limited, so Auntie is giving him a break! Lol... Take that back... his picture is the SHADE!!! Hahahahahaha

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    The EPA has drinking water standards. No doubt this did not meet those standards and they were doctoring the tests.

    Somebody needs to go to jail. All of the somebodies involved.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    They should be able to get some veto to get water elsewhere for the time being ... That would be the logical thing to do .... hot mess

  • Too Many Colors

    Sugar Ditch Missip circa 2016 huh? Lord.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Finally!!! Thanks Sandra!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    What happened?

  • Too Many Colors

    YES. Its so sad.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Even an animal would go elsewhere. It's hard to believe people are consuming Gatorade out of the tap. What does it smell like?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    that's how I was at my in-laws after Katrina :(

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Okay Donald Punk... I mean Trump: Let's see you use your money wisely for a change

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I am not from Michigan, so I do not have a clue!!! :kona:

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Especially with lake Michigan right there.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    They are working me!

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    That's where Mayweather is from.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Lol

  • harley_quinn2.0

    From what I've read it is well known that the river is a contamination playground. I've even read where local officials in the area have gotten on tv to show the people that the water was safe. They all need to be locked up.

  • jussaying

    I read a lot of residents were refusing to pay their water bill and the city kept slapping them with fines as well smh. I hope they get some monetary reimbursement.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    “The state was telling everybody, ‘It’s fine, relax. It’s safe,'” said community activist Melissa Mays. “They lied.”
    ________________________________________
    They wouldn't have had to tell me anything... common sense should have told these people the water was not safe to drink, use, bath in, etc... Help Your People Father!!! If pure water has a color, chances are: IT IS NOT PURE!!! #smh

  • SunRiseBlossom

    You wrong!!! :lol:

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    From CNN: 'Most likely, the answer will be a combination of science to clean up the water, costly infrastructure upgrades to replace dangerous pipes, and in-depth investigations to prevent it from happening again. '

    It'll probably take them months, if not years. The water has corroded the water pipes. They need to be replaced.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    BUT MOREOVER THERE IS LITERALLY ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY IN THESE DEPARTMENTS...LIKE NONE. EVEN WHEN I'VE GONE TO COURT THEY JUST LOOK AT YOU WHILE YOU WAIT IN LINE AND STILL PROCEED TO DO NOTHING.

  • lovelygamour

    the city manager was looking to cut cost. so they switched from Detroit to flints water treatment plant. the plant had been closed for decades. they did no studies before opening. I think the emergency manager should be held culpable. whats the point of having an emergency manager if all they do is hire outside law firms and they don't do due diligence.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    From what I read the water was redirected about 3 months ago but the old water ruined the infrastructure.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Damn, years?!?!?! Wow. And that's something so basic, yet so intricate to every facet of your life. How do you go without it for a couple of years?!

  • LibraGirlonly

    So what! we need to take a stand for all injustices.

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    Bingo. the Governor and city officials were well aware and did nothing as it largely affected the black citizens (subsidized housing lead paint everywhere). Freddie Gray was one of those children that suffered #blm

    P.s. you can still sue!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Asking people to pay for piss? Chyt.

  • lovelygamour

    to save money they left the Detroit water system and reopened the flint water plant. that plant had been idle for decades and they didn't do any test from what I remember. the emergency manager just re-opened the plant.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I agree .... especially liars ....

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Hopefully it won't but based on what I read it's going to take time. They need $1.5 billion for the pipes

  • LibraGirlonly

    Yeah whatever

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    That water impairs your reading comprehension.

  • mzwhang90210

    If this were some 3rd world country that this had happened to..there would've been millions raised by now--not to mention celebs flying in for photo-ops
    ...but let something go wrong in our OWN back yard....smh?

  • Too Many Colors

    to save money they left the Detroit water system and reopened the flint
    water plant. that plant had been idle for decades and they didn't do any
    test

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    I read this exact thing in the past few days.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Touche

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    This is great news!! Flint is my hometown, I've been gone several years but I still have family and friends there.

  • lovelygamour

    that discoloration would be lead and rust. if it were actually waste the problem would've been addressed sooner. that's how they got away with it.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    wow !

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    DEFINITELY SO

  • GubmentCheeze

    Glad to see something is being done. My sister had lead poisoning back in the 80's (paint chips) it was one of the worst things my family ever went through. It took years for her to get back her developmental skills. Praying for Flint...

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    WTF is :kona:? I been meaning to ask somebody.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ? soooooo rude???

  • harley_quinn2.0

    How are they doing? What are they saying about this madness?

  • Too Many Colors

    My mom, her cousins had it back in the 60s. Same source. They suffered SO SO badly man. God bless your family.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    WHEN DID PVC START COSTING $1.5B???

  • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

    I still don't know why the Governor and other authorities aren't arrested. So many smoking guns of them knowing of the problem, ignoring creditable studies (that detailed the seriousness of the lead poisoning of the waters of Flint, Michigan), and them using obfuscation.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Just read it was changed back to Detroit in October

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    I knew once Obama got involved Sandra would care? I bet my Mama 5 Susan B Anthony dollars that Sandra would blame him, and/or chastise him for the duration it took. Lemme go read and see if I won?? judging by the pic she used, I'm guessing yes??

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    And they thought he was punch drunk.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Plus the majority of the residents are black so you already know.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ???

  • 1/8

    Did Will and Jada offer to help, or does Will have to win an Oscar before he gets involved?

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    57% black and 41% below the poverty line

  • GubmentCheeze

    Thank you so much. Same to you and yours :)

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Nobody getting arrested for 'government oversight'.

  • AnonymousRose

    its 2016 and the water been messed up since 2014

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    THIS is great for those in construction, but I think it'll cost more than $41M...

    OH :kona:

  • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

    People have been arrested for far less. The Governor at the bare minimum should resign.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I don't want to argue especially with a sista but all matters concerning black folk are important to me.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Yeah I think that figure will be way higher when it's all said and done

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Agreed! *bams desk*

    I would HOPE :eek: that the Red Cross and Salvation Army and whomever else is getting the tv fundraising ready now!

    Stars should be ready!

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    They should make him drink that water.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Who arguing ? You ? ?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Nah, she only used her stupidpic smh

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    My mother said they used to be so hungry, they ate drywall. Eleven kids.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Very!!! Lol

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I wasn't even being funny when I said that... You brought it out. I was trying to figure out why you were LOL.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

  • iWasteTime

    that pic is shade

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    If any-bod-y on here from Mi-chi-gan can read. What...does...your...wa-ter...smell..like?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    It'll be great for their local economy too :)

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Log Off RIGHT Now!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jen_n_juice

    In our own Black yard. ... fixed it for you. Cause they'll help their own Hurricane Katrina vs Hurricane Sandy :kona:

  • iWasteTime

    New Post, Oscars ....

  • Auditor

    ....

  • Sexy CJ

    Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital, is credited with bringing the problem to the public’s attention after health officials dismissed her complaints.

    “It was frustrating that it went on for so long,” Hanna-Attisha told CBS News. “Everything has been slow"........

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Is that Pookie or Peaches?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Truth.

    Let there be an armed conflict anywhere in the world and watch the Republicans in Congress get to work sending them billions of dollars in arms so they can use those same weapons on us years after the fact.

  • Auditor

    That's big Bertha

  • Meme81

    I don't think lead can be filtered through a Brita, they was tryin' to kill those people.

  • Lulu

    How disrepectful to portray our president, a Harvard educated lawyer, as a home boy. ..smh

  • Meme81

    Don't hold your breathe. He'll tell them 'take care' on FB, if that.

  • the guest

    Truth.

    Somebody approved that city government poster promoting that it's safe to bath babies in lead infested water. This country really hates its poor people. Water is a natural resource and everyone deserves safe clean water at the very least in life.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • the guest

    AMEN. Bless their compassionate Muslim neighbors. People can come together across faith.

    Speaking of celebrities helping. Of all celebrities, Eminem and Michael Moore must be doing something for their home state.

  • Deno Spencer

    Is this accurate? I thought Obama did not sign as it did not meet the qualifications for natural disaster relief?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Daily...for at least a year. He should also bathe in that funkfest because their is mo way that water does not smell...like SOMEthing.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Chile...?

  • B.Loveitt

    Glad they're getting help. Why does Sandra like this pic of President Obama so much?

  • B.Loveitt

    Glad they're getting help. Why does Sandra like this pic of President Obama so much?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Funny as hayle because it can only happen to Lucy.

    Got a new gig. Orientator is crazy. Doesn't care when they (LUCY) eat lunch. Well, guess what? I do. I like to eat..a lot. Hell, I like the taste of food. I ain't even going to lie.

    ~yelling and crying~ My blood sugar will drop if I don't eat in a timely fashion. Who allows their orientee not to eat because they pack their lunch and like frozen Marie Callendars? ~wails~

    I got to lunch almost at closing. I ordered the special. Lucky me, I opened the box just as I was about to leave. Why were my spaghetti and meatballs sauceless. I look at the clerk, she says, "Whet? It IS spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce dried up. You want it or not?" ? All I kept thinking was Lucy, don't lose your new job over 1.05 of Ragu. The clerk le sighs and says, "Ok. I guess I can give you a discount." ?...?...Ya think? Is this where I am to say, "Thank you?" I mean, it's the LEAST you can do for handing me naked noodles and turkey meatballs.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Funny as hayle because it can only happen to Lucy.

    Got a new gig. Orientator is crazy. Doesn't care when they (LUCY) eat lunch. Well, guess what? I do. I like to eat..a lot. Hell, I like the taste of food. I ain't even going to lie.

    ~yelling and crying~ My blood sugar will drop if I don't eat in a timely fashion. Who allows their orientee not to eat because they pack their lunch and like frozen Marie Callendars? ~wails~

    I got to lunch almost at closing. I ordered the special. Lucky me, I opened the box just as I was about to leave. Why were my spaghetti and meatballs sauceless. I look at the clerk, she says, "Whet? It IS spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce dried up. You want it or not?" ? All I kept thinking was Lucy, don't lose your new job over 1.05 of Ragu. The clerk le sighs and says, "Ok. I guess I can give you a discount." ?...?...Ya think? Is this where I am to say, "Thank you?" I mean, it's the LEAST you can do for handing me naked noodles and turkey meatballs.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I'm lost. Which came first? Did nasty water corrode the pipes or did the pipes taint the water?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I'm lost. Which came first? Did nasty water corrode the pipes or did the pipes taint the water?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Other cities are sending in water.

    I hope these people won't be forgotten in a few weeks.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Other cities are sending in water.

    I hope these people won't be forgotten in a few weeks.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Does anyone remember hearing when Detroit went broke years ago and was trying to file for bankruptcy, it was said there would be a sale of bonds and whoever got the contract and/or invested in the water and sewage would stand to make a nice profit?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Does anyone remember hearing when Detroit went broke years ago and was trying to file for bankruptcy, it was said there would be a sale of bonds and whoever got the contract and/or invested in the water and sewage would stand to make a nice profit?

  • eljjai

    Muslims can be so damn generous. A muslim friend of mine was getting maried and it cost her nothing but the clothes she wore that day. The whole community cooked brought chairs and tables etc etc all free of charge!
    Shame she divorced the man 2 years later. He was a no good bum and she'd only married him coz she got pregnant.

  • Bayou Classic

    The Budwiser Corporation is getting ready to ship and keep shipping tons of bottled water. No! Not no damn beer! ???????????

  • eljjai

    Muslims can be so damn generous. A muslim friend of mine was getting maried and it cost her nothing but the clothes she wore that day. The whole community cooked brought chairs and tables etc etc all free of charge!
    Shame she divorced the man 2 years later. He was a no good bum and she'd only married him coz she got pregnant.

  • Bayou Classic

    The Budwiser Corporation is getting ready to ship and keep shipping tons of bottled water. No! Not no damn beer! ???????????

  • IntroSpective

    @SandraRose do you have a link to where funds/water may be donated?

  • IntroSpective

    @SandraRose do you have a link to where funds/water may be donated?

  • Blue

    Why do you keep using that picture of President Obama? The disrespect.

  • Monday

    But they are still focus on Isis

    I would like to see TRUMP walking there..
    "Let's make America great again..." Like he says

    Less focus on Mexicans and more on rebuildung the economy and safe water for all