*President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan next week to hear first-hand about the city’s water crisis.
A White House official confirmed Wednesday that POTUS will visit on Wednesday, May 4, to hear directly from residents about the city’s health crisis and receive an in-person briefing on federal efforts assist Flint residents.
Obama also plans to deliver remarks to community members.
The city is in the national spotlight after elevated blood lead levels were discovered in some Flint children after the city changed its water source from Lake Huron water purchased from the Detroit water system to the Flint River in April 2014, a decision made while the city was run by a state-appointed emergency manager.
The president confirmed his visit in a response to a letter written to him by an 8-year-old Flint girl.
Mari Copeny wrote a March 14 letter to Obama telling the president that she has been affected by the city’s water problems and traveled to Washington, D.C., to hear congressional testimony on the water crisis.
She requested a meeting with the president during her visit.
“My mom said chances are you will be to (sic) busy with more important things but there is a lot of people coming on these buses and even just a meeting from you or your wife would really lift peoples spirits,” Mari wrote.
Obama responded in an April 25 letter telling Mari she was the first to know about his upcoming visit.