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WATCH LIVE: Flint water crisis news conference with mayor

News conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

FLINT, Mich. – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is holding a news conference Wednesday morning with city and state officials to discuss the city's water crisis. 

Weaver will be joined by Keith Creagh, former Director of Michigan DEQ (now DNR), Capt. Chris Kelenske, deputy state director for Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and Rich Baird, advisor to Governor Snyder. 

"The mayor and local pastors met with Governor Snyder Tuesday, to discuss the current situation in Flint and the future of the state-run Point of Distribution Sites (PODS). They will provide an update of that meeting and details on next steps," the mayor's office said. 

Watch the news conference live here at 11:30 a.m. 

Flint's water system became poisoned after officials tapped the Flint River in 2014. The city began using water from the Flint River while under state emergency management, but did not treat it to reduce corrosion. Toxic lead from old plumbing leached into the water system, causing elevated levels in children and leaving residents to drink and bathe with bottled or filtered water.

Some experts also have linked the water to Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs. People can get sick if they inhale mist or vapor, typically from cooling systems.

 

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