AP — The Flint water crisis began in when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, contaminating it with lead.
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April To save money, Flint begins drawing water from the Flint River for itsresidents. The move is considered temporary while the city waits to connect to a new regional water system.
January Detroit offers to reconnect Flint to its water system, but Flint leaders insist the water is safe. State regulators insist the water is safe. Rick Snyder pledges to take action in response to the lead levels — the first acknowledgment by the state that lead is a problem.
A week later, the Michigan National Guard begins helping to distribute bottled water and filters. The White House provides aid and an emergency declaration on Jan. He also charges Earley, Ambrose and two Flint city employees with felony counts of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses in the issuance of bonds to pay for part of the water project that led to the crisis. March 27, Water lines in Flint homes will be replaced under a landmark deal approved by a judge.
He and four others are charged with involuntary manslaughter. Eden Wells, is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator. Smith had been facing felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter.
April 16, Todd Flood, a special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal, is fired in the fallout from the discovery of 23 boxes of records in the basement of a state building. June 13, Prosecutors drop all criminal charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal and pledge to start the investigation from scratch.
July 29, The Michigan Supreme Court says Flint residents whose health and homes were harmed can proceed with a lawsuit against officials for decisions that caused the scandal, a crucial procedural step in long-running litigation. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease inThe Associated Press has learned.
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