Officials warned of Flint water, Legionnaires’ link

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Internal emails show that high-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public.

When he disclosed the spike in January, Snyder said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan through public-records requests and shared with The Associated Press show Snyder’s own office was aware of the outbreak since last March.

The outbreak was also well known within state agencies, according to emails obtained separately by the AP and other news organizations.

A spokesman says Snyder never knew about the outbreak despite an aide knowing 10 months earlier.

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  • Bob

    Do I understand this right?

    Do to Snyder and his staffs stupidity the residents of Flint have to live with a problem created by them and the tax payers are going to be footing the bill to bail Flint out of this mess. It’s time to get rite of Snyder.

  • Chris

    Why don’t they privatize the water. You can’t vote CEOs out like politicians. Privatized water cost more which means less people to complain. Lastly individuals would have sue the company themselves.

  • NativeOfMichigan

    Rick and Brian went up the hill,
    To fetch a pail of Flint water.
    Rick fell down and spilled it all,
    And the poison came tumbling after.

    See Jane run,
    See Rick run,
    Let’s run Michigan like a business,
    Lying and cheating is fun.