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Samuel Smith receives a case of bottled water and a new water filter in Flint, Mich., as volunteers, Michigan State Police and Gennessee County Sheriff's Deputies deliver to residents, Jan 12, 2016. (Photo by Dale G. Young/The Detroit News/AP)

Flint, Michigan, water crisis: Obama signs emergency declaration

01/16/16 06:12PM

President Barack Obama on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where officials allegedly ignored the detriments of a water source that exposed nearly everyone in the city to lead poisoning and other contaminants.The White House issued a release calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency "to save lives and to... read more

Snyder in touch with White House on Flint

Snyder in touch with White House on Flint

01/14/16 09:47PM

Rachel Maddow shares the response from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Hillary Clinton's charge that he is not sufficiently soliciting the federal government for help with the Flint toxic water crisis. watch

Michigan's Snyder pressed for action on Flint

Michigan's Snyder pressed for action on Flint

01/14/16 09:39PM

Rachel Maddow reports on protesters from Flint, Michigan bringing their outrage over their ruined water supply to the state capital, and alerts viewers to the news that Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who has been advocating for the lead-poisoned children of Flint, has been put in charge of a new lead testing and treatment initiative. watch

Doctor calls state's bluff on Flint lead

Doctor calls state's bluff on Flint lead

01/13/16 09:45PM

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha talks with Rachel Maddow about the extent of the lead exposure in the people of Flint, Michigan and why the state's claims are not presenting the whole story. watch

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan holds stacks of bottled water in the agency's warehouse that will be distributed to the public, after elevated lead levels were found in the city's water, in Flint, Mich., Dec. 16, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

National Guard deployed in Flint water crisis

01/13/16 01:21PM

The first National Guard troops arrived Wednesday in Flint, Michigan, deployed to help the Red Cross and local volunteers distribute clean drinking water to a city that hasn't had it for more than a year. ... read more

Rick Snyder

Michigan's Snyder activates National Guard for Flint

01/13/16 10:40AM

Following up on the crisis in Flint, Mich., which we've been following closely, the Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) activated the National Guard last night. Guard members, the report noted, "are expected to staff fire stations and distribute bottles of water and water filters, freeing members of the American Red Cross to handle the door-to-door distribution of those items."
 
And that's not all.
Snyder also on Tuesday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate responses to the Flint crisis by other federal agencies.
 
"This request will identify federal agencies that have programs, authorities and/or technical expertise that could be utilized in the ongoing response and recovery efforts in Flint to be made available," according to a statement issued by the governor's office.
 
"Such federal agencies may include the Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Army Corps of Engineers."
So far, there's been no public explanation as to why these steps weren't taken sooner.
 
On a related note, the Free Press reported earlier this week that Flint residents are still receiving water bills, which they're expected to pay, despite the fact that the water is unsafe.
 
In other words, we're looking at a situation in which the state is literally adding insult to injury.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder speaks speaks to reporters after a luncheon May 21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty)

Michigan's Snyder facing nation's most serious scandal

01/11/16 08:00AM

As regular viewers know, The Rachel Maddow Show has devoted a great deal of time to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but if you haven't been focused on this scandal yet, it's important to get up to speed.
 
Over the weekend, for example, the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press turned its attention directly to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who's facing calls for his arrest from protestors, comparing his handling of the Flint crisis to George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina.
Right now, the State of Michigan should be able to say that it has ensured the delivery of bottled water and water filters to every Flint resident whose drinking water has been contaminated by lead.... Instead, the governor is offering placid responses and slow-walking important remedies, while the investigation into how one of Michigan's greatest man-made public health crises unfolded comes up with explanations in dribs and drabs.
 
It's not just derelict -- it invokes inglorious comparison to other callous and insensitive official responses to tragedy. Think of the shameful federal response to Hurricane Katrina, where the same lack of urgency delayed life-saving aid. The poverty rate in Flint is 40%; 52% of Flint residents are African-American. And so we are prompted to ask: How would the state have responded to a crisis of such proportions in a community with more wealth and power?
Of course, there's a key, heartbreaking difference between recent developments in Flint and the crisis in New Orleans in 2005: Katrina was a natural disaster; Flint's disaster was the result of public officials showing breathtakingly bad judgment.
 
Let's recap how we reached this point.
Food Pantry volunteer Asia loads bottled water into a vehicle at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan's warehouse that will be distributed to the public, after elevated lead levels were found in the city's water, in Flint, Michigan, December 16, 2015.

How to help Flint, Michigan

01/08/16 06:39PM

Since we started covering the crisis in Flint, Michigan, where the drinking water has been poisoned with lead, we have received many calls from our viewers about how they can help. read more

Flint water donations run dry, no state plan

Water donations run dry in Flint, no action from Governor Snyder

01/07/16 09:21PM

Stephanie Gosk, NBC News correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the people of Flint have been relying on scarce water donations to replace their toxic water supply as Governor Rick Snyder has increased the amount he's talking about the crisis without taking any actual short-term action for the people of Flint who are without... watch

State dismissed Flint bad water test concerns

Flint water concerns 'blown off' by state: Snyder staffer e-mail

01/06/16 09:37PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a newly obtained e-mail from June of 2015, confirmed by NBC News, that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's chief-of-staff was troubled that Flint's bad water tests were not being taken seriously, part of a string of mails showing the administration's awareness of alarming lead test results even as it insisted... watch

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