Officials unsure whether Flint water linked to Legionnaires

Also Thursday, Michigan officials said they still aren't certain whether there's a link between a drinking water crisis in Flint and an increase in local cases of Legionnaires' Disease.

Flint police Chief James Tolbert and Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said neither of their offices have been notified of any cyber attack at the hospital. He reiterated that the crisis is "the result of missteps of government at all levels". Governor Snyder is expected to be among those invited to testify, according to the office of Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan), who sits on the committee but whose district does not cover Flint.

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint, authorizing up to $5 million to help MI deal with this man-made disaster.

Later in 2015, a local pediatrician, Dr. Mona Hanna-Atissha, found that blood lead levels in children had risen significantly. The city's water source had been changed from Detroit's water system to the Flint River in a cost-cutting move and the water was not properly treated to keep lead from leaching into the supply.

The state, which at the time was in charge of the Flint's budget because the city was in a financial emergency, switched the city's water supply temporarily in April 2014 as a cost-saving measure. We'll be there as long as the governor sees the need to have us in place.

The drinking water in the predominately black, low-income community first became contaminated with lead after a state official appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made a decision to tap into the Flint River.

Among them: submitting plans for ensuring that Flint's water has adequate treatment, including corrosion controls; making sure city personnel are qualified to operate the water system in a way that meets federal quality standards; and creating a website where citizens can get information.

"For these people to be subjected to this water, it's sad", he said. This is bad publicity for Flint.

The Michigan House on Wednesday approved Snyder's request for $28 million more in the short term to pay for more filters, bottled water, school nurses and testing and monitoring - on top of $10.6 million allocated in the fall.

The switch sparked immediate complaints from residents who were alarmed by the brown, smelly water flowing from their kitchen faucets.

"EPA has determined the State of MI and the City of Flint's responses to the drinking water crisis in Flint have been inadequate to protect public health, there are serious, ongoing concerns with delays, lack of adequate transparency, and capacity to safely manage the drinking water system", the agency said.

"So far, all roads lead to Lansing when it comes to accountability", Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents the Flint area, said Wednesday.

Requests to interview Hedman have gone unanswered as well. You deserve to know that the buck stops here with me. She said she wants Snyder to give Flint the services and the money needed to address the problem.

The aide spoke anonymously because the briefing was done in private. Wyant resigned in December over the growing crisis in Flint.