Michigan Governor Rick Snyder asks President Obama to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster in the county where the city of Flint has been dealing with the fallout from lead-contaminated drinking water. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Members of the National Guard convene in Flint to help distribute bottled water and other supplies... ... Much needed assistance for residents exposed to the city's lead-contaminated drinking water. And now, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has asked President Obama to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster in the county. Something White house press secretary Josh Earnest says is under review: (SOUNDBITE) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, JOSH EARNEST, SAYING: "There's a formal process at FEMA for considering these kinds of requests. That process is ongoing. And given the nature of the kinds of requests that are made in that system, those requests are considered expeditiously." But these protesters, who crowded the state Capitol on Thursday, say they want Governor Snyder to resign. They say they want accountability. In 2014, the city switched its source of tap water from Detroit's system to the nearby Flint River to save money. Cash-strapped Flint was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager at the time. But the corrosive water from the Flint River leached lead from the city pipes more than Detroit water did... Tests found elevated levels of lead in the water and in the blood of some children. And now, volunteers are doing what they can to help ensure residents have access to clean, safe drinking water.