Snyder acknowledges mistakes in city's water troubles - WNEM TV 5


Snyder acknowledges mistakes in city's water troubles

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Gov. Rick Snyder Gov. Rick Snyder

For months, a city’s water supply has been plagued with a foul smell, gross discoloration and now, dangerous levels of lead.

So TV5 wanted to ask the tough questions of Gov. Rick Snyder – after all, it was his appointed emergency manager who oversaw pulling the plug on Detroit.

Does Snyder think it was a mistake?

"In terms of a mistake, what I would say is that we found there are probably things that weren't as fully understood when that switch was made. And again, it was a switch made with the community," Snyder said.

Snyder and his administration are quick to point out that the decision was made with support of city leaders at the time.

But for the first time, the governor appeared to acknowledge that increased levels of lead found in children in Flint are directly related to the water supply.

"It appears that lead levels could be higher. Or have increased. What can be done to fix that?" Snyder said.

After the governor slipped out, a member of his communications staff told me there could be an event as early as Friday to unveil the specifics of fixing the Flint water crisis.

But for now, residents wait for any sign of relief coming from Lansing.

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