Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said Friday it was, as always, “a great day not to be in Jackson,” the capital, which has been facing a water crisis after Pearl River flooding damaged its water system .
The big picture: Reeves made the comments while speaking in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It’s the latest in a back-and-forth between Reeves and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
- They have both accused the other’s office of failing to address long-standing problems with the city’s water treatment before the crisis, Axios’ Shawna Chen reports.
- “I feel like I should take off my emergency manager hat and leave it in the car and take off my public works director’s hat and leave it in the car,” Reeves added in the speech.
Flashback: Reeves claimed that city officials failed to give the state and federal governments a plan to fix longstanding problems with the water system and that staff at the water facility where the fault occurred were “abandoned.”
- Lumumba shared records that he says contradict Reeves’ statements, including the city’s capital improvement plan from a few years ago, which included requests for funding for the water treatment plant, and a document detailing a series of critical repairs and a timeline for implementation listed.
- And last year, Reeves said Jackson needed to work harder to “collect their water bill payments before they start going out and asking everyone else to come up with more money,” the Washington Post reported.
Jackson is citywide The advisory about boiling water, which came into effect weeks before the flooding, was lifted on Thursday.