A look at the evidence collected against Gov. Snyder in the Flint water crisis
Rick Snyder is expected to be among a group of people facing charges in connection with the Flint water crisis. On Wednesday it was announced Snyder is facing charges of willful neglect of duty in connection with the Flint water crisis. The evidence reportedly includes potential email evidence of Snyder allegedly being warned about the danger a year before the city moved from using water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to water from the Flint River, and a Legionnaire’s disease cover-up. Brian Lennon, Snyder’s attorney, said criminal prosecution would be “outrageous.”“It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. In August 2020, a settlement of a lawsuit filed was reached on behalf of residents of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water.
Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others
This Jan. 14, 2021 photo provided by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office in Flint, Mich., shows former Michigan Gov. Snyder was charged with two misdemeanor counts willful neglect of duty Jan. 14, 2021 in connection with the Flint water crisis in Flint, Mich. (Genesee County Sheriff's Office via AP)LANSING, Mich. – A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Authorities said they failed to alert the public about a regional spike in Legionnaires’ when the water system might have lacked enough chlorine to combat bacteria in the river water. “The Flint water crisis is not some relic of the past,” Fadwa Hammoud of the state attorney general’s office told reporters. He’s also accused of lying during an interview with Flint water investigators in 2017.
State of Michigan probes Detroit-area hospital's 7 Legionnaires cases
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - State health officials are investigating after seven people treated at a suburban Detroit hospital were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it's working with the Macomb County Health Department to investigate the illnesses at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens. The departments say six of the seven Legionnaires' cases have been reported at the hospital since mid-September. Both agencies are investigating the source of the disease and whether there are more infected people. Legionnaire's is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled.
What is Legionnaires' disease and how many people does it affect?
ATLANTA - Legionnaires' disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium, which is found in fresh water, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "In general, people do not spread Legionnaires' disease to other people," the CDC says. Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics, and most people who get sick make a full recovery. The reported rate of people who get Legionnaires' disease has risen by 550% since 2000. There are no vaccines that can prevent Legionnaires' disease.