Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Governor Ends Jackson Emergency

 Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. 

Governor Reeves issued an Executive Order officially ending the August 30, 2022, State of Emergency surrounding the City of Jackson and surrounding areas of Hinds County that receive water from the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

In late August, with a nearly month-long boil water alert in place, and the two primary raw water pumps at O.B. Curtis previously removed for repairs and out of commission, the total collapse of the City’s water system was imminent. Governor Reeves declared a State of Emergency in response to this situation.

As the Executive Order notes, “in less than 72 hours after the emergency was declared, water pressure was returned to the City of Jackson, and in less than 15 days the boil water alert was lifted.”

Following the state’s intervention in the crisis, the Environmental Protection Agency has now determined that the water from both the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant and the J.H. Fewell water Treatment Plant safe to drink.

Furthermore, the Jackson City Council has unanimously approved an agreement with the federal government regarding appointing a third-party administrator to operate the city’s water system.

“I’m incredibly thankful to the folks at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi State Department of Health, and the Mississippi National Guard who worked tirelessly to restore clean water to the residents of Jackson and respond to this emergency situation. They have made countless repairs, brought in new equipment, and done heroic work,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “The only remaining imminent challenge is the city’s refusal to hire routine maintenance staff, and that cannot constitute a state emergency. We need new leadership at the helm so that this crisis of incompetence cannot continue.

“It is also clear that the federal government is working to ensure that Jackson political leadership does not have the authority to mismanage the water system any further. That process needs to be completed, and it needs to be completed quickly. As the justification for an emergency under state statute no longer exists and in order for that momentum to continue, we need to stick with our deadline to end our State of Emergency and our operating of the city’s water system for them. I am hopeful that the federal government’s efforts to take control away from incompetent hands will wrap up swiftly.”

The Executive Order can be read in full here.


Anonymous said...

I can’t wait to see Sista Rukia, Mayor Lumumba, Dr. Omari, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, and Judge/President Carlos Moore knock that racist, chicken biscuit loving Governor down a few notches.

Somebody call Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper!

Anonymous said...

"take control away from incompetent hands."

Couldn't have been said more exacting or accurately.

As one who still lives in Jackson, speaking on behalf of many of us - thank you for (1) restoring running water, and therefore ability to flush toilets to attend to the sewage; and (2) stepping in and providing drinkable water - something the incompetent leadership of Jackson had failed miserably, despite their being under a previous order (from March 2021) to have a plan in place to provide bottled water FOR ALL THE CITIZENS, not just the couple of hundred a day the incompetent folks took care of, through donated water.

Jackson = incompetent leadership. Needed to be said.

Anonymous said...

Mike drop moment for Tate. Antar is the SBF of municipalities in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

In business if you can’t do the job you get fired. The city needs solid leadership. Unfortunately, the word racism will be used to hide what is not being done for the citizens of Jackson. The list is endless and sadly doesn’t end with zoo.

Anonymous said...

NE Jackson resident here. I live a block away from the moron in chief mayor… everyone thinks he’s an idiot and can’t do anything but live off the taxpayer. Go to hell Lumumba both you and your crooked sister.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Chokwe is surprised? I mean he asked for an extension after demanding the state get out.

Anonymous said...

Stand your ground Governor! There are more cities in Mississippi needing resources who will most definitely appreciate it.

Jackson citizens... y'all voted for this sh!t show, it's all yours!!

Anonymous said...

It is a state of emergency in Jackson. No doubt about it. Killings, car jackings, garbage disposal issues, boo boo water, etc… but there is nothing the state can do to fix it. And none of us can fix it. The mayor seems to have it all figured out. He seems confident in his press conferences and he seems very frustrated when asked about the issues. If you live in Jackson or in a surroundings county or city you should be worried about your family and property value. I have to work in and around Jackson but I do not invest my money here in real estate. I get the heck out of here as soon as I get my work done each week. Thank goodness for technology and the Flexibility to work just about anywhere. Folks put up with the Jackson stuff when they had to but now folks can work from anywhere. I see home values in the Jackson area and surrounding areas going down from here on out. Sorry, but reality is real.

Anonymous said...

Reeves has such an inflated opinion of himself and his power and influence. Little does he realize that Lamumba will fix any problem with simply nothing more than another press conference. Never underestimate the power of gum bumping and hand waving.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will change. Nothing ever changes in politics. Don't kid yourself thinking that there will ever be drastic change.

Anonymous said...

The state's now refocusing it's momentum towards the realization of more and better frontage roads and beef plants.

Anonymous said...

"Nothing will change. Nothing ever changes in politics. Don't kid yourself thinking that there will ever be drastic change."

That's the spirit!

Anonymous said...

Remember when Lumumba refused the Justice Department's offer of resources to help defend the City against criminals, but the Mayor refused because he "didn't want Trump militarizing the City."

So, I was shocked when the Mayor actually asked the State to extend the emergency in the first place.

Anonymous said...

The Governor is not only unethical but stupid if he doesn't know that the affluent Jacksonians who are Republicans won't hold his behavior during this crisis against him...and sadly, socially against his children as we will be concerned about the level of ethics and honesty he modeled for them.
When they don't get accepted for memberships or jobs, remember why.
You were willing to hurt our children for political gain.
And, you are blind to the corruption in your own " government".
Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

1:39 By “his behavior during this crisis” I assume you are referring to the Governor

1) declaring a state of emergency
2) making sure we can flush our toilet
3) fixing the water system so we get clean water
4) turning over the management of the water system to a conservator - not the Mayor.

I give him an A+

Anonymous said...

November 23, 2022 at 1:39 PM, you're a fine one to be pointing fingers.

Anonymous said...

@1:39 - just what was unethical or stupid - I'll settle for an answer to either one - of what the Governor did in acting to resolve the mess that Lumumba created and didn't bother to handle after it was in progress.

Water bills not being collected for five or more years, leading to a financially broke enterprise fund, leading to the inability to do basic maintenance, replace equipment, or fill vacant positions - leading to a month long period where no one in the city could use the water (if they had any), the failure of the treatment plant due to the main pumps being removed by not repaired or adequate replacement pumps ----- creating a total failure of the system.

Governor - the one you said was stupid and unethical moved to address the problem, AND address the other failure of the Mayor which was to provide drinkable and potable water to the entire city (as opposed to the few pallets a day that the Mayor got "donated" that provided fewer than 1,000 of the 150,000 citizens to get a few bottles of water per day),

Yes, the Mayor failed in all aspects of HIS JOB, and the Governor - the one you state was unethical and stupid - stepped up and (1) got water to all the citizens, anybody and everybody; (2) got rental pumps installed; (3) got the pumps that had been removed repaired and replaced; (4) fixed multiple other problems at both the plants that had been ignored for years.

Yes, the Governor - the one you consider to be stupid and unethical - fixed the plant, and was prepared to arrange for someone to manage the plant for the coming year, until your bullheaded Mayor stepped up and said "we don't need and won't accept your help anymore. We have it under control as of November 17th."

That being the case, the Governor had no basis for continuing the declared emergency and gave it back to the egominded, bullheaded Mayor.

So, I'm waiting - tell us what was stupid, or unethical.

Anonymous said...

The same group that wants to control how the money is spent in Jackson, IF, the State actually will send them the money and I hope the State does not are the ones who claim they are being victimized by us who they call racists and are the same people who:
1: Cannot control crime among their people.
2: Cannot contain their raw sewage of which 927 million gallons flowed into the Pearl down river to other cities that obtain their water from the Pearl and eventually into the Gulf where a lot of us get our seafood. Think about that next time you sit down to eat fresh gulf shrimp and oysters and let it sink in as to how much of that raw boo boo went South into our Seafood source. I’m still waiting on what the EPA and MDEQ is going to do about this since a few private sector companies have gotten into severe trouble within the past few years over much much less.
3: Their residents have destroyed most cable barriers and guardrails all over the Interstate in the City because of their unruly driving. And while mentioning their driving it is absolutely dangerous to drive into Jackson between the hours of 6:00 am to 7:30 am due to the fact that their residents have never taken a drivers Education course….well, why should they? You have to make it to the 10th grade first. Am I correct????
4: Cannot properly run and operate a City Government without failure.
5: Cannot keep the roadsides clean of debris although MDOT needs to do a much better job of it themselves on the interstates within the City
6: Cannot and will not pay their vendors.

Anonymous said...

1:39 sounds like they didn't sell soon enough and now are tryin to 'shame' a good leader in order to desperately reinflate some value in their property.

So very obvious.

Anonymous said...

1:39 are you suggesting these NE Jxn Republicans will make Tate pay by voting Dem in the next election? Because Tate will get the Republican bid based on the common sense the rest of us conservatives thankfully possess.

By all means, go ahead.

You guys do seem to enjoy Democratic city leadership so much.

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