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County commissioners issue emergency declaration

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

You could tell the commissioners were frustrated as was the county's public health director.

At a press conference on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, they simultaneously slammed state leadership, specifically Gov. Rick Snyder and his officer, because of what they’re calling inaction.

The Genesee County Board of commissioners issued the public health emergency declaration and told people to not drink Flint city water to, in their words, light a fire under state government.

Officials said the state has downplayed the severity of the situation and at first disagreed with the report released from Hurley Hospital.

But now with the governor taking a different stance and acknowledging there is a problem. The commissioners decided to declare the situation an emergency in hopes Snyder will do the same.            

"I'm frustrated to no end. People think I can take this pen, with the stroke of the pen, and solve it, I can't, but there's people who can," said Jaime Curtis, County Commissioner. "The governor can sign an executive order. The governor has two cities under consent agreements. The governor can make sure the water from the Detroit Water System goes back to Flint, and more importantly, at a nominal fee."

The county issuing the emergency declaration doesn’t open up any additional resources. According to the commissioners, that only happens in the state gets involved.

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