President Obama will travel today to Flint, Michigan, a city whose lead-tainted drinking water has made it a symbol of crumbling infrastructure.
Obama will be briefed in Flint on the crisis by federal officials and members of the Unified Command Group. The president announced his trip to the city after an 8-year-old resident named Amariyanna Copeny wrote the White House. Copeny, who is known locally as Miss Flint, said a visit from Obama or Michelle Obama, the first lady, would “lift people’s spirit.”
The city is under a state of emergency after elevated levels of lead were discovered in its water supply after the source of the city’s drinking water was switched in 2014 from Lake Huron to the Flint River.