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President Obama: 'We have the people of Flint's back' in water crisis

President Barack Obama flew into Detroit to see what's new at the Auto Show. He also visited a few shops and restaurants in the Motor City. He didn't waste any time weighing in on the water crisis in the Vehicle City. (Photo: Andrew Fergerson)

President Barack Obama flew into Detroit to see what's new at the Auto Show. He also visited a few shops and restaurants in the Motor City. He didn't waste any time weighing in on the water crisis in the Vehicle City.

"I know if I was a parent up there I would be beside myself that my kid's health would be at risk," Obama says.

Flint switched its drinking water source from the Detroit system to the Flint River in April 2014 to save money while the cash-strapped city was led by an emergency manager appointed by the Republican governor. The city returned to Detroit water in October after testing detected increased lead levels in residential water supplies and in children's blood.

He made the comments at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit in front of a packed crowd. The President says the government is keeping an eye on the situation, and is ready to provide more help if needed.

"Yesterday I met Mayor Weaver, I told her we are going to have her back, and all of the people of Flint's back," Obama says.

President Obama declared a federal emergency in Genesee County on Saturday, Jan. 16. The move allowed members of the federal government from FEMA and the EPA to come to the city and help in the recovery. He also allocated $5 Million for the relief efforts.

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