The mayor of Flint, Michigan, has declared a state of emergency due to problems with the city’s water system caused by the earlier use of Flint River water. Karen Weaver announced the declaration Monday night, saying Flint needs more federal help, CBS Detroit reports. Weaver says the move is intended to help raise awareness of ongoing problems.
Back in October, officials declared a public health emergency after tests showed the city’s water supply was causing elevated levels of lead in children. Flint residents were warned not to drink unfiltered tap water. Although the water, then being taken from the Flint River, was treated, it was still corrosive and released lead from old plumbing in thousands of homes. The problem originated when Flint initially left the Detroit water system in the spring of 2014 as a cost-cutting move and began taking water from the Flint River. It was supposed to be an interim move, until a new water line to Port Huron is completed next year.