Flint Water Crisis: A Video Explainer

Staff Sgt. William Phillips, with the Michigan National Guard, assists a resident at a water distribution center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. AP

The Flint water crisis has become so dire that a state of emergency has been declared on municipal, state and federal levels. It has attracted international attention to how the political and economic situation in the once-prosperous industrial city in Michigan could devolve into children drinking lead tainted water from their home taps.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are now coordinating their response to what has been called a human tragedy. But officials are still trying to determine how the problem will be fixed. Meanwhile, National Guard personnel has been distributing water to the city’s residents.

Michigan website and The Flint Journal released this video explainer on its website depicting the history of the crisis.

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