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Ryan Burrow, ABC News, on Lawsuits starting in the Flint, Michigan Toxic Water Scandal

Jan 20, 2016|

Ryan Burrow, ABC News, on Lawsuits starting in the Flint, Michigan Toxic Water Scandal

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Very latest from Ryan burrows ABC news joining us this morning from Flint, Michigan and right would you agree those are not enviable choose to be walking in this morning those of drug mission. Until next governor Rick Snyder yes they kind of fell on the authority said the government failed you lie lets you down you deserve better than a buck stops with me. You deserve to know the truth then and you did not create this crisis you do not deserve itself. You know I mean at this point as you mentioned these are just words say you know at some point you have to get to extend it needs to get fixed quickly because. You know these people were complaining about the order. It's too hasty and he. That this site of the water debating bacteria this spring and summer as a fourteen. OK so let's back up what is the truth related to this Ryan. Well let's that's what that that's what everyone trying to get to the heart of right now including the attorney took. Trial some class action lawsuits as state governments trying to figure that out the Department of Justice. It's been pulled back into what he's fourteen they switched the water's source I'll while they built this it is. While they built a pipeline to lake here on the originally getting their water until it was out from Detroit. And and so they need to get this stopped yet they needed something temporary and they. I needed to save some money so in order to do so the state appointed emergency manager I gave the green light to tap into the that's the Flint river. And that's kind of where the problems began because this person failed to Rhode it's a failed if you get the the corrosion control chemicals. That were needed eight in filtering this water and you know I didn't take long for people to start complaining. Mandate to go a few months before us symbol some researchers realized that it was making kids sick you've been making dozens of kids sick. How many heads are gonna roll Iran and he's just not a mention Jesse promised that individuals responsible for water crisis will be held accountable maybe starting let him I'm am sure his political future is very murky. To say the least. Quite possibly and give you supporting their but do you know we we we don't know about today. Later this morning the governor is expected to release at least he said he was gonna release any emails. As sensitive from or two wins officer regarding this. Water crisis. He says there's just a couple weeks ago that he didn't learn about the crisis in till October. Of 2015 that's that's when he caught wind of what was going got shelled out whether or not that's true maybe you'll find out today in these female. You don't write it the effects of this two are so dramatic not only on people's health but I heard a woman yesterday a resident there. Who was saying you know I packed my kids have been Leibowitz hit solar homes because now that this is in the system he can't sell your house had no chance share. It's it's just a disaster on every level. There are people who who can't even they can even use it to its spread even use the water to feed their dogs. You know it is to give their dog water to drink at people of an outgoing a couple of towns over and staying at hotels too shall work. Creates distance it's very very difficult and of course compounded by the fact that we are the heart of winter right now some of these. Temperatures are you know single digits below zero wind chills since. You know it's it's just making for a very very on comparable wind turns and you know they edge as much aid is the National Guard is giving is state police are giving it. You know even some federal officials are are giving it means they can you imagine having to leave your home to get fresh water is right just not something that we're used to this stated age. Oh not in the United States of America. Now the flight mayor was not there last night because she was in Washington meeting with the president. Yet correct there's actually a big mayors meeting going on right now in Washington DCQ wanted to catch the president before he got out of town. Coincidentally to go to Detroit where he'll be at the auto show today we don't know whether he'll comment. On explains. Column but we do know that the Obama administration has given capital point person. To land federal government job representative in the Department of Health and Human Services. Can't overseas from the federal perspective how funds are blowing and as you know maybe what police sources. I can be given but that they did the federal government can kind of a strange place because while they may want to help. There are certain restrictions on disaster declarations then this does not necessarily fall in the same case where he has tornadoes and earthquakes since. Hurricanes and some of the other disasters we've seen so it it seems says that the administration is somewhat handcuffed as to what they can do what funds can be offer. You hope to be able find some money at saloon somewhere in the budget. Bright girl they. And the governor's asking for nearly thirty million dollars a mistake to try to get this crisis figured out as I don't think you'll have any problem. You know what did trying to do Rangel state. Legislators do two to pull its money together policy. The problem is it really is that enough money when you start talking probably about you know you know price here. So long term health of that absolutely right berth thanks so much for your date night all right take care.