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Here's how Flint's water crisis happened

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CNN's Sara Ganim explains the story behind the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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Tomatoredd2004 (18 hours ago)
That’s Michigan for you.
music makes me hi (7 days ago)
The City of Flint decided to switch the water supply, not " the state".
Rich Lake (11 days ago)
Sara Ganim,, when are you coming back to flint,, now they all think we Stink,, and have Lead Poison,,, not true, DO another Segment, What I AM DOING FOR FLINT<< bringing water stores, water Vending Machines, Fixing,, not just Pointing fingers, thanks MBA Degree, Manny,
Warpig 133 (1 month ago)
It costs 216 million dollars to fix the pipes, the U.S spends that much on their military every 3.75 hours
Tina English (1 month ago)
Wow if I didn't watch childish Gambino video I wouldn't know anything about this
Spit Dragon (1 month ago)
What about Flint Michigan? Oh... It's still fucked.
Elijah Johnson (1 month ago)
Jus switch to fortwayne Indiana water its safe
Adam Pullen (1 month ago)
I get the water problem in the pipes. But how about the river?
Bobby Lee (1 month ago)
Adam Pullen The river water was safe after filtration and chlorination. The water was too soft ( no minerals ) and none were added ( to save money ). A chemical reaction occurred when the water contacted metal pipes ( mineral leaching ). Most of the discolouration of the water is rust. Some old lead pipes were the problem,
Timothy (1 month ago)
Safe Obama
Old Hobo Man (1 month ago)
Sad.
Josh Jones (1 month ago)
That drone shot though
lgpugh36 (1 month ago)
This was really an attempt to exterminate our black people. But became more worse when the entire city water supply poisoning all residents there down to the last child. This is Inhumane and almost to be considered as genocide. My heart goes out to all families that have been effected by the horrible experience my prayers are with you. God please help us all.
Le bella Love (2 months ago)
This is so wrong on so many levels and just shows how careless and disgusting our government really is all they care about is saving money they don’t care about the lives of people and their health benefits just somebody’s basic need to have clean water was taken away. Flint is already a struggling town with its poverty unemployment levels and high crime and then they go and poison the water supply and then lie about it this is why I do not trust our government it is disgusting and sad and I feel so sorry for the people that had to Indore this
Nirvana Crown (2 months ago)
poisoned its own citizens water yet bombed Syria for their shit.....
Tomoko Abe (2 months ago)
EPA is facing cuts by Trump.
Tomoko Abe (2 months ago)
MAGA to decrease the surplus population. Flint water is China water.
Overkilled (2 months ago)
I'm sorry but if your water comes out yellow why tf would you drink it? I'd assume Michigan have other types of drinks still?
Raabert Ellis (2 months ago)
Flint had the world by the balls then blew it all. Vehicle city my ass
Black Girl (2 months ago)
It happened because a white scientists poisoned the water supply. They did it because Detroit/Flint has a huge black population. The government knew about it. CNN is also a fake news network. The government tells them what to report and WHEN TO REPORT IT. It's to keep the American population distracted and cause tensions between people.
D Rock (2 months ago)
Poor people treated like nothing by their leaders. And Trump wants to destroy the EPA. Remember you voted for it.
Mike Gill (2 months ago)
Flint had low bottled water sales. The people where just drinking straight out of the Tap because it wasn’t harmful which caused bottled water sales to dropped that’s why they poisoned the TAP water Most likely now the people were being forced to buy bottled water the city has gained enough revenue and doesn’t need the profits from the bottled water, so they’re saying as we speak it’s now safe to drink from the TAP water #SayWoke
embraceYOUR Nappy-Ness (2 months ago)
WHAT DOES CRISIS MEAN?
suny123boy1 (2 months ago)
Best cnn report in the past 4 years.
EmEAn B0i (2 months ago)
2:25 that guys sounds like kermit the frog
Freya Mac (2 months ago)
every government official found to be culpable in this needs to be hung by the neck from light posts, soaked in kerosene and lit as an example to other officials. corrupt greedy selfish braindead excuses for humans.
Daniel Magana (3 months ago)
is anyone else doing this as a report for Mrs. lazenbys English class....I already finished it lvmsdmagana@gmail.com
mrsstrawberryluv1 (3 months ago)
I burn rubber you can have that dead City you couldn't pay me to stay no job water bad house ragdey no officer to patrol poorest City I'm out🤣🤣👣👣👣👣👣👣👣👣👣💃
BluStick (3 months ago)
Trump is watching now
Mayank Verma (3 months ago)
I'M MORE PISSED OFF AT THE FACT THAT GENERAL MOTORS LEFT THE TOWN JUST TO MAKE CHEAPER CARS IN MEXICO CAUSING MOST OF THE CITY'S RESIDENCES TO LOSE THEIR JOBS. THIS IS THE MOST UNAMERICAN LIKE BEHAVIOUR I HAVE EVER SEEN. AND THE WAY THAT THE STATE HANDLED THIS WATER CRISES MAKES THEM LOOK LIKE KIDS WHO DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL. THE STATE OF MICHIGAN IGNORING THIS WATER CRISES IS WORST THAN IF EVERY KID IN THE COUNTRY WERE TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL. AMERICA IS SO PATHETIC WITH THIS SHIT. IF THIS WATER CRISES HAPPENED IN CANADA WHERE I LIVE, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ACTIVE DAY 1.
Urban Plowboy (3 months ago)
This is what happens when democrats run things
Four Eva (3 months ago)
"OH IT'S SAFE? IT'S SAFE? HMMMM." *hands bottle of flint water* "DRINK IT AND PROVE ITS SAFE!" "GO ON THEN. OH YOU DON'T WANT TO DRINK IT? WHY NOT I THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE."
katkal3 (3 months ago)
shithole country
spencer groen (3 months ago)
who can drink that water
rjodhan1rr44 (3 months ago)
And what happened to those responsible for causing this mess? Nothing !
sak lee (4 months ago)
its still hard to believe that this happened in america. but i guess this just shows that even america isnt the great and loving country that it was portrayed as
sak lee (4 months ago)
i used to think that the republican party was full of shelfish and prejudice people and the democrats were the nice ppl when i was a kid. but now i see that both parties are corrupt in their own ways. republican or democrat, america's congress is full of mostly people that dont really even care about helping the ppl of the country and thats why its taking so long to get anything good done in america nowadays.
sak lee (4 months ago)
this is one of the reasons why i like living in colorado. its a much cleaner state.
ThraxModz (4 months ago)
FAKE NEWS!
Wopster (4 months ago)
America is a joke
Brian Goldesberry (4 months ago)
I am offering 30% on countertop water filters for the people of Flint Michigan. Call me at 877-842-1635 xt 229 or email me at bgoldesberry@pelicanwater.com
Native Chique (5 months ago)
Wow. Smh
Native Chique (5 months ago)
How do the residents bathe and cook now or clean?
Le bella Love (2 months ago)
Native Chique I watched a documentary on this and they have to go to the next town or city over next to them to use a public shower or they will generally get a gym membership in the next city across from them just to use the gym for showering resources and they cook with bottled water.
dvd 115423 (5 months ago)
rich people killing poor people
Tournel Henry (5 months ago)
Wait! I'm not an engineer. But, I don't think pipes for public water should be made of Lead. It just doesn't make sense to me. Aren't there other materials?
卐ϟ hiwazupman ϟ 卍 (5 months ago)
im glad this shit happens, dis is wut u get when u think "ignorance is bliss" all these dumb ass waste there time on starbucks phone or other bullshit and call you stupid wen there not even prepped, i can create a prepp setup for 400 bucks and it will help soo much, "conspracy theriost are stupid" yeah will look at all those ppl who aint conspracy theriost or preppers, taking showers with bottle nd licking each others ass breathing flint nd becoming gay ass pirates
G men2121 (5 months ago)
I was in flint in April and didn’t drink water. They need to fix their problems or shut down the city
baul104 luigi (6 months ago)
So many stupid people nowadays...
MAybE IOU (6 months ago)
Flint wasn't the first and I'm certain won't be the last. Here's a similar event from Houston Texas... http://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/07/us/racial-rift-slows-suit-for-environmental-justice.html The article clearly states that the case was in and out of no less than six state judges courtrooms and was more of a fiasco than a milestone.. I doubt that those people ever got what they deserved and if they did there would be a ton extremely rich BLK ppl in and from Houston
bestamerica (6 months ago)
' come on america in the city of flint area... time to fix new pipes, new water filters to cleans water... how about the lakes, rivers, ponds... all three water can uses water tanks to water filters to clean water... snow is a so clean white ice water snow... dont worry about currencys
Lorenxo Bingham (6 months ago)
Pray for my city #MittenBoyz
nandansho (6 months ago)
This is'nt the 1st Time White People have intentionally poisoned Black People or attempted mass extermination..Google Tuskeegee Experiments, Project Coast, US Army Government St Louis Isotope Poisoning,Phillip Morris Uptown Cigarettes. How ironic the World's richest most Powerful Nation..which has Billions to give to Israel every Year, Just can't seem to come up with Money to Provide Poison Free Water for a Small City in ONE STATE🤔
Amos Maclin (7 months ago)
U stupid fucks new in the 50 those pipes needed fixed we left the evidence to be found I grew up around building inspector and all u fucks no me I played in toxic waste to as a kid I told them when I was three the water was bad
Nike23 Air23 (7 months ago)
The rich don't care bout us....we are nobody 2 rich ..greed ..we need take this usa over the people..therr more of us then them...
J W (7 months ago)
Lead Causes Brain Damage  and Neuro Psychiatric Problems:   They will need long term,  not always effective, Medical Treatment , with rather expensive  EDTA, DMPS, DMSA,   both orally and by IV,   Lead can slowly leach from Bone
adamsrealm (7 months ago)
All you do by giving aid is create expectancy from those who receive it. Who the fu*k sorted our countries out in the past? Nobody! I'm not saying it's morally correct. But it ain't functional for sure.
BW's CHANNEL (8 months ago)
Can't wait to see the movie
MrJOHNNYLIGHTNING (8 months ago)
CLOWN NEWS NETWORK NOT TO BE TRUSTED. Amateur journalism
The Flip (9 months ago)
The government will continue to do this kind of stuff, it will never change, the government is evil and the only way to stop it is to take down the government, stock pile wepons and arm up to kill police if you need to
Brian (9 months ago)
"They did nothing", except lie about it.
Daniel Wachtler (9 months ago)
Instead of sending 10millions EVERY SINGLE DAY, fix the water issue. STOP FUNDING ISRAEL!!! Wake up americans!
sak lee (4 months ago)
Daniel Wachtler its nice to help other countries but america needs to fix their own country before helping other countries or america will end up a third world country
Raoul Radio (10 months ago)
Every public official and person involved in this criminal health fiasco should be fired and sued after being forced to drink a gallon of Flint water.
Alex Tha Worst I (10 months ago)
Something in the water got the little bitch going dumb
Q Man (11 months ago)
That's why you don't let democrats control your state, kids.
Nils Rasche (1 month ago)
Michigan is literally (and has been for several years) controlled by a republican trifecta, at times with a supermajority in the legislature.
boyeon rhee (1 month ago)
Q Man You moron
Evan Bernard (5 months ago)
you fucking idiot synders a republican
Blake Steenrod (11 months ago)
Thank god Detroit residents donated bottle waters to Flint
Shawn Sitaras (11 months ago)
what a strange coincendece the nestle company was granted a permit to drain 400 gallons per minute from the same aquifier flint used to be hooked too sounds too me nestle paid off a politician or two so they could pump high amounts of clean water to their bottling plant to market and profit just a guess
Owen Oulton (1 year ago)
Why the hell are these neolithic barbarians still using lead pipes in the first place?
WittyFellow 24 (7 months ago)
Owen Oulton You forget that Flint has been in a financial tailspin since the 1980's, and since GM pulled out. So Flint hasn't the funds to replace the pipes without government funding. Hell, just a few years ago, we got out of another financial crisis. So, yeah. That.
joe Poe (1 year ago)
PRESIDENT OBAMA hated people in Flint Michigan. He didn't care about calling a national emergency until many,many children were poisoned.
what's Crackalackin (1 year ago)
when $ takes president over life.......
ConcordClark (1 year ago)
This must be a drone shot. It's awesome.  0:30
Sars Brooks (1 year ago)
The people of Flint should file a class action suit, which should also include "Mis Appropriation of Funs..." What are they doing with our money? Impeach everybody. "E R I N B R O C K O V I C H, W H E R E Y O U ? "
kkmichelle 314 (1 year ago)
while the rich is drinking bottled water.... 12 has died since then...Smdh
Andrew Smith (1 year ago)
they don't deserve water just buy some u have money duh people are soo stupid text me at 2104109020 if u think I'm right
Don Hyon (1 year ago)
Tap water fit for a lead mine? Disgusting.
Richard Wilson (1 year ago)
kangen water machine
dodopoopinpoop (1 year ago)
Flint still doesn't have clean water and NO ONE has been prosecuted. Where are you CNN?
Rick Higson (1 year ago)
CNN your ,whipping boy has said no to this,but we keep spending our dollars for the great Muslims vacations,clean air steal more of U S money for terrible deals,spend money on illegals so sanctuary cities and states can enrich themselves,spend money on Europe do herr Merkel can steal more money,wake up CNN,and tell us real news and how to solve them,instead of beating the same I hate trump drum!you guys once broadcast news instead of hate with no end in sight,come back to us ,do some real news and problem solving,I miss you!
THE LONE VOICE (1 year ago)
listen , you get what you vote for. if it happens again, its flint and michigans fault. they voted for a president who wants to eliminate the EPA.
H dawg (1 year ago)
My school is doing flint drive and is donating lots and lots of clean water
SpookAI (1 year ago)
Yet you refuse to report how Trump already fixed the problem.
lolwhitey pigs (1 year ago)
third world murica
Blinkysaurus Rex (1 year ago)
Water isn't the only thing that gets pumped full of lead in Flint. What a fucking joke.
Kissing Bandit (1 year ago)
fk CNN is fake news.....VERY FAKE NEWS!!!!
Belle Haup (1 year ago)
Omg.
DZA (1 year ago)
What a messed up country. Spending so much money on the military and foreign stuff when you got so much trouble inside the country.
Dave Goffredo (1 year ago)
feds can't arrest state?
Jeremy Merrifield (1 year ago)
Watch TYT .... These people are getting arrested now . For objecting to being arrested . America is fucked
koth (1 year ago)
Fucking pathetic. Government once again putting their own gain before safety of the U.S. people
Richard Cano (1 year ago)
I don't get why they think giving them more money would help anything, they need a need government all together.
sak lee (4 months ago)
america needs a government that actually cares about the americans. i hate the usa's congress. barely getting any laws passed that would actually help the ppl in the country cause most of the congress members are just selfish bastards. democrat or republican. both parties are corrupted.
Richard Cano (1 year ago)
New**
Anthony Flynn (1 year ago)
As if this situation wasn't bad enough, you have the anus of a police chief standing there thinking he's the big bad wolf and some tough guy because he owns a firearm. He can lick the vinegar off of my testicles.
ALPHLITE (1 year ago)
sue the city, get money, and leave.
Talk about "Getting the Lead out"
I'd move.
Jane Doe (1 year ago)
boy CNN is hell bent on showing the world they can afford drones. Fuck, how many cinematic sweeping shots does a shitty news report need? You got a drone for Xmas - we get it guys. Chill out - it's distracting and pretentious.
Jason Johnson (1 year ago)
Here you go if you want to actually help a family in flint https://www.gofundme.com/buck2r-flint-water-crisis , most of the donations we receive are bottles of water that sit at abandoned houses while the people who struggle are the people who try to stay in flint paying americas highest water bill while I still have to go to kroger to buy water for my kids and animals.
GGGGGG9490 (1 year ago)
do you know what is dumb? how flint knows what is going on and they are not taking care of it.
Evil Eskimos (1 year ago)
Jesus Christ it's like fallout
rootsm3 (1 year ago)
lol and our president wants to build a wall. you have people on american soil being poisoned by their water.
Ian Rivers (1 year ago)
no kid knows what film is "filmy" lol that was her description.
RubCuber (1 year ago)
0:30 hey look a pontiac aztek
Willy Tsung (1 year ago)
Why don't people go back to the medieval times of killing corrupt officials?
dirtydogbastard (18 days ago)
Willy Tsung ... Because there scared bitches with know heart...
boi if you don't (1 month ago)
This is what we really need
suny123boy1 (2 months ago)
That would be all of congress.
Charlotte's Web (2 months ago)
Willy Tsung HERE, HERE!! I AGREE FULLY! Or sanction their pay until they do their damn job or resign.
Suutari4 (5 months ago)
Willy Tsung Go ahead

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