Flint mayor declares state of emergency over water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Flint mayor declares state of emergency over water crisis

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"I feel like we have no other option then to reach out and ask for help," said Mayor Karen Weaver.

At city hall on Tuesday, she said the water crisis leaves her no other choice and that she's living up to her campaign promise by declaring the state of emergency.

"We knew that we had to take this step to make these things happen and it will open up some other avenues for us. But if we don't take this first step nothing will happen," Weaver said.

Weaver is urging both the state and Washington D.C. to get on board and to understand the gravity of the situation.

She is asking for federal disaster aid to address the city’s infrastructure, and for some local advocates like Melissa Mays, that's welcome news.

"I'm so thrilled that in a short amount of time she has stood up for us. Even before she was elected she was demanding that this be declared a state of emergency," Mays said.

Without the urgency of new medical findings, many argue against the necessity of the declaration, like Genesee County chairman, Jamie Curtis.

Curtis told the Flint Journal, “The designation of an emergency is not going to change anything… Nothing more can be done.”

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