Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder To Address Flint Water Crisis At State Of The State Address

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The Flint, Mich., water crisis has placed its residents in a state of emergency from the long-lasting health effects the poisonous water has on the community, mainly the 8,657 children of the city, USA Today reports.

Since April 2014, Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with lead after the city’s officials treated water from the Flint River at a treatment plant, while a new water pipeline to Lake Huron was nearing the final leg of completion. Since that time, residents have issued complaints about the color, odor, and taste of the water, but their concerns went unnoticed.

Now, Gov. Rick Snyder will host a State of the State address on Tuesday (Jan. 19), to highlight a plan of action in remedying this dire situation. Reports also state that the intake of lead in the bodies of those children can lead to severe changes in the nervous system and effect their brain development.

The crisis also prompted responses from entertainers on social media.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been called in to provide assistance after Snyder declared a state of emergency on Jan. 12.

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