Genesee County issues Public Health Emergency Declaration for Flint City water customers

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/01/15) - A Public Health Emergency has been issued in Flint.

This was a drastic measure taken by the Genesee County Health Department.

Starting now, everyone is advised not to drink Flint water as long as it is coming from the Flint River.

That means everyone - not just those at the highest risk for lead exposure. Children five and under and pregnant women are at highest risk for lead exposure.

Earlier this week, Genesee County Commissioner Jamie Curtis said he would declare the emergency if he didn't get more answers from Lansing. Specifically, lead test results that were supposedly done in Flint by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

He or the county health department never got those results.

According to the emergency declaration, no one should be drinking the water in Flint unless it has been tested and/or filtered through a filter certified by the National Sanitation Foundation.

If you have access to bottled water, you should be drinking that right away.

Last week, Hurley doctors revealed testing that showed unsafe blood lead levels in children. The next day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services showed findings that went against Hurley's.

The head of the county health department has been asking the state for specifics about their testing, but says they aren't being transparent. He says he is suspicious that the state's testing was done incorrectly.

We've been told the Governor is working on an action plan to handle the water crisis in Flint, but local leaders don't think they're moving fast enough.

They're hoping this state of emergency will get their attention.

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