Cher calls for firing squad for Snyder over Flint water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Cher calls for firing squad for Snyder over Flint water crisis

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Genesee County.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, the declaration is to address the ongoing health and safety issues caused by lead in Flint’s drinking water.

The declaration makes all state resources available in cooperation with local repose and recovery operation. Read the full declaration here.

“The health and welfare of Flint residents is a top priority and we’re committed to a coordinated approach with resources from state agencies to address all aspects of this situation. Working in full partnership with the Flint Water Advisory Task Force, all levels of government and water quality experts, we will find both short-term and long-term solutions to ensure the health and safety of Flint residents.”

This comes on the heels of Mayor Karen Weaver’s emergency declaration on Dec. 15, and Genesee County’s declaration on Jan. 4.

The county and city determined local resources would be insufficient to address the ongoing water crisis.

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee commented on the declaration in a press release:

“This is an ongoing public health emergency in Flint that requires state action. Governor Snyder declaring an emergency will hopefully mean additional state resources to help the city and Flint residents recover from this terrible crisis. A state-appointed emergency manager made the decision to switch the city’s drinking water source, and the state must act without further delay to help the people of Flint who have suffered lead exposure.”

One celebrity isn't biting her tongue about how she feels about the water crisis and whether or not Snyder had a role in it. Read what Cher had to say:

Snyder's office responded to Cher's tweets, calling them unfortunate.

"It's very unfortunate that someone would use such rhetoric, especially at a time when Gov. Snyder is working closely with Mayor Karen Weaver and other city and county leaders to address the health and safety concerns Flint residents are facing," said Dave Murray, Snyder's press secretary.

Erin Brockovich, well-known environmental activist, is also responding to the news. On her Facebook page she said it's about time.

She also released names and phone numbers of people in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water that she believes needs to be held accountable for the lead issue.

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