What We Know about the Flint water crisis

AP News
Posted: Jan 21, 2016 5:43 PM

Many residents of Flint, Michigan, say their complaints about lead-tainted water were downplayed or ignored, and they question whether that would have happened to a wealthier, whiter community. Some of the key points:

— Flint is 57 percent black, and 42 percent of its people live in poverty.

— To some people, the water problems echo the lackluster federal response to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

— The frustration has mostly been directed at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed an emergency manager to run Flint. That manager approved a plan to begin drawing drinking water from the Flint River. But officials failed to treat the corrosive water properly to prevent metal leaching from old pipes.

— Snyder, a Republican in his second term, has apologized for the mishandling of the situation.