Editor's note: The litany of mistakes that caused lead poisoning in Flint’s drinking water – and responsibility for those gross errors – will be debated for years by investigators, lawyers, politicians, the media and the Michigan public. No one is exactly sure how many Flint residents – especially young children – experienced elevated blood lead levels since Flint switched its drinking water source to the Flint River. The full extent of the exact damage on individuals may be impossible to fully determine, especially among Flint’s most vulnerable, low-income residents who already face many challenges.
Bridge Magazine’s coverage of the crisis includes a more than 30,000-word timeline, the most comprehensive published in one place, to date. It is intended as an informal public repository of all major public records relating to Flint’s water crisis. It is presented for local residents and a national audience looking to separate fact from fiction and understand more deeply the full dimensions of this man-made tragedy. A complete portrait of the Flint disaster will likely take many months of official investigation and years of litigation.