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Retired Lt. General: Federal government is failing Flint

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)

He helped organize federal efforts after the disaster brought by Hurricane Katrina, not he says Flint is getting a raw deal.

Retired Lt. General Russel Honore spoke exclusively to TV5 about the Flint water crisis. He said the federal government is failing.

"We know how to clean water using military assets. The challenger is distribution with that water," Honore said.

It wasn't long ago he was helping pick up the pieces in Louisiana and Mississippi after the hurricanes in 2005.

Now he's weighing in on the man-made disaster in Flint.

"I think what's going on in Flint is a denial on all parts of who's responsible and I think we do need a federal law because clean water is a human right," Honore said.

Honore said it's clear now the law needs to be changed to allow Flint to qualify as a major disaster area.

Currently, the water crisis can only be declared a federal emergency. Which means less recovery funds can come to the Vehicle City.

TV5 discovered there is current legislation to change the law. It's called the True Leadership Act of 2016.

The bill said the president may, upon request of a governor of a state, declare a major disaster relating to lead contamination of drinking water from a public water system.

The bill is sponsored by both of Michigan's U.S. senators. It's also supported by Honore.

"Somehow we would do anything to respond to a terrorist nexus, but when dirty politicians do something like this we slow roll it to no-end," Honore said.

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