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TIMELINE: Here's how the Flint water crisis unfolded

Dec 21, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency launched a federal audit -- Governor Rick Snyder appointed a panel to look into it -- and there is a federal class action lawsuit underway.

Everyone wants to know how the water went bad in one of Michigan's biggest cities.

Michigan Radio has been on top of this story from the start. See all our coverage here. Read, watch, and listen to our special series Not Safe to Drink here. And listen to our documentary here.

To get a sense of how this happened in Michigan, scroll through the timeline below.

Scrolling through the timeline, you get a sense for how the state takeover in Flint led to a series of decisions that were more than just "not fully understood," as Snyder later put it, but seemingly negligent in how officials reacted to mounting evidence that the water was poisoning some kids in the city.

A revolving door of emergency managers who are not accountable to the people of Flint seemed to think the city had an image problem, not an actual problem with lead in its water supply.

See the major moments as they unfolded below.

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