(RightIsRight.co) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) has had a rough year after facing criticism for her restrictive coronavirus mandates and going through an attempted kidnapping. More recently, she had to take an emergency trip to a low-income community in her state after reports of elevated lead levels in the town’s water hit the news.
Governor Whitmer visited Benton Harbor, Michigan Tuesday, October 19, to meet with residents about the water crisis. Just hours before, the city’s commissioners declared a state of emergency and gave Mayor Marcus Muhammad full ability to lead the town’s response.
Local news station WSBT shared more:
Benton Harbor has officially declared a state of emergency when it comes to lead in the water. Governor Gretchen Whitmer met with city leaders to address the crisis. @DJManouWSBT
— WSBT (@WSBT) October 20, 2021
According to reports, the town has had elevated lead levels for three years, but has not had the nearly $30 million dollars necessary to fix it until now. While the repairs will likely take over a year to complete, the state is continuing to provide water and lead poisoning educational materials to the public free of charge.
Whitmer has promised to fight for the town’s health and wellbeing until parents know they can give every kid water and be confident that it’s safe. This is the second water crisis involving lead in Michigan in recent years. Hopefully, the Democratic governor is able to ensure the safety of all her citizens soon or she likely won’t have much more time in office.
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