Biden: Mississippi governor ‘must act’ on Jackson water

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – President Joe Biden said his administration has offered Mississippi “everything available” to deal with the water crisis that has gripped the state capitol and called on the governor to resolve. The problems.

“We offered whatever was available in Mississippi. The governor must act. There is money to fix this problem. We gave them the EPA. We gave them everything there was to offer,” Biden said Thursday night.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – President Joe Biden said his administration has offered Mississippi “everything available” to deal with the water crisis that has gripped the state capitol and called on the governor to resolve. The problems.

“We offered whatever was available in Mississippi. The governor must act. There is money to fix this problem. We gave them the EPA. We gave them everything there was to offer,” Biden said Thursday night.

The president was asked if he would visit Mississippi and he said he had no plans to at this point. Biden said he spoke to people in Mississippi, including the mayor, Democrat Chokwe Antar Lumumba. He did not say whether he had spoken to the governor, Republican Tate Reeves.

Jackson residents have long struggled with a faulty water system that often requires them to boil their water before using it. They were already under a boil water order before Pearl River flooding this week compounded longstanding problems at one of the city’s two water treatment plants. town, leaving many residents without water at all.

Reeves declared a state of emergency, the National Guard was called in, and residents lined up at water distribution points for bottled water to drink and water to flush their toilets. Biden approved an emergency declaration, ordering his administration to increase federal aid to the region.

City figures show that as of Wednesday morning, 80% of water system customers had little to no water. It was unclear how many had been substantially restored on Thursday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell plans to visit the state on Friday.

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