Mississippi capital’s water woes persist as aid trickles in

by | Sep 2, 2022 | World

A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official is scheduled to visit the US state of Mississippi, the White House has said, amid ongoing efforts to restore a flood-impaired, long-troubled water system.In Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, residents have been lining up at emergency distribution points to get bottled water for drinking and water to flush their toilets after flooding exacerbated problems at one of the city’s two water treatment plants earlier this week.
Residents in Jackson, a city that is majority Black, have long struggled with a faulty water system that frequently requires them to boil their water before using it. They were already under a boil-water order before the flooding spurred the current crisis, leaving many without any water at all.
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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency on Monday and the National Guard has been called in, while President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration on Tuesday, directing his administration to increase federal assistance to the area.
“We’ve offered every single thing available to Mississippi. The governor has to act. There’s money to deal with this problem. We’ve given them EPA [Environmental Protection Agency]. We’ve given them everything there is to offer,” Biden said late on Thursday.
While the president said he had no plans yet to visit Mississippi, he has been talking to people in the state. including Jackson’s mayor, Democrat Chokwe Antar Lumumba. He did not specifically say whether he had spoken to Reeves, a Republican.
FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell plans to visit the state on Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
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