President Joe Biden said his government had provided Mississippi with “every single thing available” to address the state capital’s water situation, and he urged the governor to address the issue.
“We’ve offered Mississippi everything we’ve got.” The governor must take action.
There is money available to address this issue. We gave them the EPA. “We’ve given them everything we have,” Biden declared late Thursday.
When asked if he planned to visit Mississippi, the president said he did not. Biden stated that he has spoken with people in Mississippi, including the mayor, Democrat Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
He did not specify whether he had spoken with Republican Tate Reeves, the governor.
Jackson residents have long been plagued by a malfunctioning water system that usually forces them to boil their water before drinking it.
Before flooding from the Pearl River compounded long-standing problems at one of the city’s two water treatment plants this week, they were already under a boil-water order, leaving many inhabitants without any water.
Reeves declared a state of emergency, the National Guard was brought in, and locals have been queuing at water distribution stations to buy bottled water for consumption and toilet flushing.
Biden signed an emergency declaration, authorizing his government to increase federal aid to the region.
According to city data, 80% of the water system’s customers had little or no water as of Wednesday morning.
As of Thursday, it was unknown how many had been substantially restored.
Deanne Criswell, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, is to visit the state on Friday.