Biden calls Jackson mayor after approving emergency declaration for water crisis
Driving the news: Biden called Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba "to hear firsthand from the mayor about the urgent situation with access to clean and safe water," a White House aide told the Hill.
- Biden approved a federal emergency disaster declaration Tuesday as Jackson residents remained without running water.
- Biden and Lumumba discussed emergency response efforts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps, the president said.
- Biden also expressed his "determination to provide federal support to address the immediate crisis and the longer term effort to rebuild Jackson’s water infrastructure," the aide said.
Catch up quick: The flooding of the Pearl River has caused water pressure issues in Jackson, leaving residents unable to drink fresh water.